Being “ethnocentric” is part of Human nature

Zsolt Hermann
1 min readSep 24, 2020

Question from the Internet:

“What do you think are the root causes of ethnocentric views? What can you suggest to prevent people from having these characteristics?”

“Ethnocentric views”, racism, nationalism all arise from our inherently self-justifying, proudly, fiercely individualistic nature. Our individual, national, cultural, racial identity is very strong.

And it must not be suppressed, erased in any circumstances! By any such attempts we are only causing even stronger rebound reactions, we incite violence and some “clever”, “shrewd” politicians know exactly how to use this for their ulterior motives.

Our differences will never disappear and they shouldn’t disappear.

Humanity needs to become an extremely diverse, multi-colored mosaic. We need to learn how to integrate, how to build positive, global, mutually responsible and mutually complementing connections, cooperation above and despite all the differences, distrust, rejection that tries to separate us.

This dynamic connection, “acquired love covering instinctive hate” will give Humanity its unique power, unparalleled ability in Nature’s integral system, being different in one hand, while becoming integrated in the other hand.



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.