Animal instincts vs. human instincts

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readMar 29


Question from the Internet:

“Why when animals do something people say it’s nature taking its course, but when it’s humans it’s not?”

Yes, you are right, kit is not correct to say that with animals it is “nature taking its course” while with humans it is not.

Borh animals and humans act blindly and instinctively. But there is a difference in how such instinctive behaviour in animals and humans unfolds.

Animals are instinctively and automatically integrated into nature’s mutually interconnected and interdependent system, with each animal – and plant and all other parts of nature – fulfilling their perfectly complementing, predetermined role in the system. This is what gives the foundation for life and optiaml development according to evolution’s plan and direction.

In contrast, humans instinctively sense themselves as independent and individualistic beings, outside of and above nature’s system. Our egocentric, subjective and individualistic instincts drive us against nature’s harmony, and they even drive us against our fellow human beings.

We do not feel nature’s “motherly” care and the circle of life that makes sure that each and element in nature’s system can fulfill their most optimal role and purpose, while receiving everything perfectly measured for sustaining that role and purpose. We feel existence in a hostile reality, where we have to fight and compete with everything and everybody for survival. Thus we thrive for excessive accumulation and consumption of resources and we experience life through surviving and succeeding at the expense of others and nature.

Thus, while animals are instinctively partner nature and contrubute to the creation and nurturing of life, human instinctivel exist and act like cancer, destroying everything we touch.

Even this vast contrast and difference between animals and humans have been purposeful and prearranged by evolution. Human beings are not supposed to exist and act instinctively like animals. We are supposed to become nature’s only fully conscious elements and partners.

And this requires for humans to practically and purposefully find adaptation and integration into nature’s system – above and against our original instincts, consciously changing and adapting ourselves to nature, by first, building nature-like mutual integration within humanity.

So while for animals it is good to exist instinctively and allow nature to take it’s course, human beings need to learn to against their original instincts and consciously and willingly follow nature’s course by constant adaptation and conscious agreement with it.



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.