Can we build a society where people are happy?

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readApr 24, 2022


Question from the Internet:

“Are societies capable of sustained happiness?”

A society becomes capable of sustainable happiness on the following condition: The happiness, peace, health and prosperity of others become at least as important to each individual as the happiness, peace, health and prosperity of their own.

As history, the crisis situations of our own generation clearly show, we are simply, utterly incapable of this notion, actions by default, in truth, we do not even comprehend what this mutually responsible concern actually means.

According to our original program — Nature’s evolution installed in us — we are capable only to care for, being concerned about ourselves and a small, “inner circle” we feel like our own. Beyond that inner circle everybody and everything becomes a competition, free prey we can gain, succeed and survive against.

If we honestly examined our thoughts, aspirations the calculations we make at each and every moment, we would see how true this is.

This is why the often used and completely misunderstood and ignored the principle of “love others as yourself” remains an empty slogan, dogma or simply a mystery for us.

But this principle is not a slogan, nor is it a dogma. Instead, it describes — in a symbolic, poetic language — Nature’s most fundamental law. It describes the law that governs the general balance and homeostasis life and optimal development depend on.

We can translate the notion of “happiness” as homeostasis in Nature. When all elements are in balance and each receives exactly what they need, this most optimal, mutual fulfilment in a living system is “happiness” according to our emotional language.

And in order to be truly happy, we would need to achieve the very same balance and homeostasis in our mutual human interactions that exist within our biological body between its parts and anywhere else in Nature.

Human beings need to learn and implement this true, Natural happiness consciously, willingly and purposefully against our inherent nature, against our instincts. And it is specifically this conscious, willing, purposeful self-change, self-development — by methodically using, harnessing Nature’s developing, evolutionary forces around us — that will make us truly Human, the peak of Natural 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.