Are humans selfish or social animals?

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readMar 21


Question from the Internet:

“Is Human being a selfiah animal rather than a social one and you find nothing in their company but worry? Is it right?”

Human beings – by blindly following their inherent nature – are social animals that behave like wild beasts.

We are born from nature. We are integral parts of nature. Human life and the life of human society depends on mutual integration and cooperation like everywhere else in nature.

In nature’s “circle of life” each and every part and element has its own specific, unique and irreplaceable role and function in supporting and sustaining the general balance and homeostasis that life depends on.

In contrast, individuial human beings sense their existence and behave like lone wolves, each only for oneself, seeing the world through a completely egocentric, subjective and individualistic prism while constantly succeeding at the expense of others.

We are all built and “programmed” like this, Because human beings have a different role in nature, and this different role requires us to understand, learn and practica nature-like mutual integration and coexistence consciously and by our own efforts.

So while our present, totally selfish, narcissistic and hedonistic human society is dark and self-destructive, it is actually purposeful. Only when we hit “rock-bottom” and reach “almots self-destruction” can we awaken as “Human beings” and start our obligatory and conscious self-development towards a completely different, mutually responsible and mutually complementing human society – above and against our original nature and instincts.

This way, we will rise above all other animals that are automatically, instinctively and unconsciously integrated into nature’s system. It is this proactive and conscious integration into nature – through integrating with each other – that will make us “truly Human” beings, the peak of nature’s evolution.



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.