A single root cause for all the problems

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readDec 30, 2022

Question from the Internet:

“What are some of the most pressing and significant issues facing the world today, and what solutions have been proposed to address them?”

Seemingly we have multiple, very diverse, and seemingly disconnected issues and problems facing the world. And, of course, there have been multiple attempts to solve them.

Each new leader or expert, each new government and committee, come up with their own solutions and ideas according to their self-serving and self-justifying ideologies and ulterior motives.

And as we can see, all our “solutions” only make things worse.

We will be able to address our problems only when we identify their root cause. And when we search for and find that root cause, we will realize that all of our myriads and diverse problems have a single root cause.

And that single root cause needs a single solution.

The root cause of all our problems is our inherently self-serving, self-justifying, subjective, and individualistic ego — which drives all of us without exception.

This insatiable and ever-intensifying ego drove the helplessly recurring vicious cycles of human history and caused all our present problems. It is this ego that makes us excessively accumulate and overconsume everything for our own sake and pleasure. It is this ego that pits us against each other and makes us survive and succeed at each other’s expense.

And since all our calculations, thoughts and decisions come from this ego, since this ego is the author of all our ideologies, philosophies, and religions, whatever we use or live by is simply taking us further into the self-destruction of the cancer-like ego.

Without recognizing the ego within ourselves and learning how to harness and channel its incredible power for positive, constructive, mutually responsible, and mutually complementing goals and purpose, we will never find any solution for our problems — which problems will finally bury us.

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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.