A successful world with billions of leaders

Zsolt Hermann
3 min readJun 2, 2023

Question from the Internet:

“If everyone was a leader instead of a follower like the majority in the world today, what would become of mankind?”

In truth, this is the kind of world we exist today.

Although we see only a few leaders and seemingly the masses are blindly following them, who becomes a leader or follower in practice depends on individual abilities, personal conditions, and some unique, individual inner drive — which inner drive can change.

But by default, we all want to be leaders, we all dream about having followers who respect us and do everything we say. Subconsciously or consciously we are all convinced that we have such unique individual qualities that others do not have and that is worth following and copying.

Today it is very easy to see on social media how much everybody wants “followers” and “subscribers”. We all want to become “influencers” both for the money but also for respect and self-justification.

This comes from our inherent nature. We are all 100% self-serving, self-justifying, and subjective individuals. We all want to control our own life and the life of others around us. Knowingly or unknowingly, we all thrive to be successful and respected — most of the time at the expense of and above others.

And this is why the world is full of disagreements, conflicts, and wars, this is why we can’t even comprehend global problems that affect and threaten all of us and this is why we have absolutely no chance of finding solutions for these problems. Everybody wants to lead and dictate, everybody expects others to accept one’s egocentric, self-justifying, and subjective opinions and “solutions” and nobody is ready to actually listen to another and be convinced by them.

Even when we “follow” others we do so only as long as “following them” suits our self-interest. Our “loyalty” extends only until that “loyalty” pays off. This is especially true today when we have evolved into the most egotistic and narcissistic human society where everything revolves around the selfish individual, that can do and deserve everything one wants — even the craziest and most unnatural things.

It is not a problem to have the aspiration to be unique and to become a leader. The only way we can actually and positively influence each other is through positive examples and positive leadership.

We can build a society where our unique individuality is untouched and we all become leaders in our own rights. But in order to prevent chaos and self-destruction, in order to avert the seemingly inevitable self-destruction our generation is heading towards we need to identify a singular and all-encompassing common goal, so we would all aspire, “lead” and march towards the same direction.

This way we can all start to mutually complement each other. This way we will find that our individual qualities, abilities, and conditions are “perfectly measured” in a way that they can all mutually complement each other on a global scale. This way we can put together a vastly diverse, multi-colored but mutually responsible and mutually complementing “living Human mosaic” or “super-organism” that can develop and prosper together in an unstoppable and unbounded way.

All we have to change is “becoming leaders” for the sake of others and the whole system, instead of being leaders only for our own sake.

There is nothing new, unprecedented, or mystical about it since the whole system of nature — including our own biological bodies — functions this way.

And — looking at our world and the very realistic and threatening self-destruction around the corner — our first such all-encompassing mutual goal is collective human survival.

When we already tested our global cooperation and singular goal, all people leading others towards successful collective survival, then we will be able to learn, understand and cherish much higher and qualitatively incomparable common goals and purposes that can unite billions of unique and individual “leaders” into one team.

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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.