Are human beings evil?

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readMay 30, 2023


Question from the Internet:

“Are humans evil?”

The “evilness” of humanity is a complex and contentious issue.

When we look at how human beings – individually and collectively – exist and behave from nature’s point of view, we can easily conclude that human beings are “evil”.

After all, while in nature, all inanimate, vegetative and animate parts are instinctively and unconditionally integrated into the system, each of them automatically and selflessly fulfilling their predetermined role in function in contributing to and maintaining the general balance and homeostasis life depends on, humans behave in exactly the opposite manner.

While nature functions based on the actual “one for all and all for one” principle in practice, for human beings life is an egocentric, subjective and individualistic affair, where each and everyone lives only for oneself, based on 100% self-serving, self-justifying and exploitative calculations, taking only personal pleasure or personal pain into consideration.

As a result, we all excessively accumulate resources and everything we can lay our hands on for ourselves, and we all – knowingly or unknowingly survive and succeed at the expense of others and nature.

From nature’s point of view, human beings behave and exist like cancer.

But does this make us actually “evil”?

We are neither “evil”, nor are we “sinners”.

It was nature’s evolution that gave birth to human beings with this “cancer-like” original inner software. And this was also purposeful.

Human beings have a unique, unparalelled and predetermined role and function in nature’s system. We have to become the system’s only fully conscious, on the one hand fully and seamlessly integrated and on the other hand independent inner observers and equal partners.

If we were born like other animals, instinctively and unconsciously integrated into the system, we would not be able to become “Human beings”, fulfilling our predetermined, evolutionary Human role.

In order to fulfill our role, we had to be born opposote and incompatible to nature’s underlying principles of selfless, mutually responsible and mutually complementing integration. We had to be born “outsiders” to the system, so we could examine and view nature’s from an independent point of view.

And we also received from nature a uniquely Human ability of critical self-assessment, and an intellect that can initiate and conduct a special self-change and self-develeopmental process, that leads to our purposeful and conscious adaptation to nature.

And when we achieve this adaptation, and reach similarity with nature through a nature-like, mutually responsible and mutually complementing integration with each other in global human society, we fulfill the necessary conditions in order to merit our unique and very high, evolutionary Human role and purpose in nature and evolution.

Then we will also understand that being born as “evil” is actually a positive and necessary part of human development, skince only against that initial “evilness” can we develop and become “truly Human”, absolutely posuitive and benevolent elements in nature, nature’s actual conscious mind and consciousness that can differentiate between “good and evil” and comprehends reality in between vast contrasts.



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.