About money and Human nature…

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readSep 5, 2020


Opinion from the Internet about money and Human nature:

“I’m sorry. I must ask: if money is so unimportant, why do so many poor and middle-class people complain about how much of it the rich have?

It’s interesting how lots of people that I run into think that the profits of a rich person are “evil“, yet if you are on social welfare, your profit is 100%, yet is a “good“ thing.

so both the rich and the poor prioritize money, if that is a personality feature of the person. No one wants to think about all of the work that goes into providing the food that we eat, or the structures that we live in, or the conveniences that we travel in. They just think that it should somehow all be “free“ although they are not the ones that should have to build all of that.

History shows that anyone can become rich if they’re willing to do what they need to do. In my life, making enough to support myself is important, becoming rich was not. But I don’t believe that people who want to become rich are inherently broken in some way. If their riches make them happy so be it. If the riches do not make him happy, so be that.

So why not just ignore that rich person, if their excess money is so “evil“, and get on with your own life?

I think if we are intellectually honest, we realize that human nature is a little more textured than what some people would like to think.

Of course, money is not evil. It is a tool that is neither bad nor good. Initially, money was supposed to be a useful trading tool, facilitating the exchange of products, services.

Then as time went by we made money the object of desire and we started using money to rule over others, enslave others in different ways.

Does that make money evil?”

Of course not, it is the way we use money that is “evil”, though even that is not evil as we have been simply, blindly following our inherently self-serving, self-justifying nature.

And that points back at Human nature. In its initial form, without us changing, upgrading it, Human nature is very simple. We instinctively chase pleasures, fulfillment for ourselves while running away, distance ourselves from presumed or actual suffering.

And the expected pleasures and pains are categorized according to the “animate” and “social” desires of food, sex, family, wealth, control, and knowledge. That is it.

If we want to make Human nature more “textured”, if we want to acquire greater flavors in life we would need to learn how to rise above the blind, instinctive program towards a higher goal, a purpose we need to identify together.

In that process, money will lose its importance and will return to its original role of being a simple trading tool for people to cater to the natural necessities according to available resources, while the rest of the efforts will be focused on that higher, truly Human goal, purpose.



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.