A new point of agreement

Question from the Internet:

“What is it that makes the world agree?”

At the moment, it is common suffering, danger or common grief after wars and disasters that make us agree. Apart from such common suffering all our ideals, goals and aspirations are unique and different since we are all driven by an inherently egocentric and subjective desire and worldview.

This is why human history is a helplessly recurring chain of vicious cycles when we all set out to reach our individual or national goals and aspirations — mostly by ruthlessly competing with others and surviving and succeeding at their expense.

And when this leads to another collapse through wars, socioeconomic collapse or other crisis situations, then we again “find each other”, work out some temporary agreements and try to plot the next steps ahead — until our instincts and inherently self-serving, self-justifying and exploitative nature gets the better of us again.

In order to break these futile, vicious cycles we would need to understand that we are actually not competing against each other, but instead, we are all integral parts — like individual cells — of the same, inevitably, mutually integrated and interdependent human “super-organism” that is also an integral part of Nature fully, mutually integrated system.

Only when we not only understand this but also tangibly, “viscerally” feel how much we all depend on each other and how much our survival depends on reaching a Nature-like, mutually responsible and mutually complementing integration between us, only then will we find a new point of agreement.

This new point of agreement, a positive aspiration towards mutual and collective survival and a conscious adaptation to Nature’s integral system will be able to elevate us above our uniqueness and diversity (which remains) and pull us forward in a positive and constructive way instead of the negative push we usually receive from crisis situations and intolerable suffering as a result of the socio-economic collapse and wars.

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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.