Can we gain anything from war?

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readMar 11, 2022

Question from the Internet:

“Is there any gain in war?”

The only “gain” from war is the recognition that we will never gain anything from the war. On the other hand, this recognition does not help us if we do not have any other options.

After all, war, defeating, destroying others is the only “historic solutions” humans have been using when all other solutions fail, when societies, the economy falters.

There is even some logic behind this since there is no stronger force to unite a nation than to unite them through hate against an enemy, moreover, as war causes destruction, the rebuilding after destruction can invigorate the economy, arms sales during war and for the defense of the shaky peace after is a lucrative business.

The problem is that each war becomes more and more destructive due to the efficiency of weapons and more and more we will hear leaders playing the “nuclear” trump card, although we can’t even keep count of all the players with nuclear weapons and other devastating means of mass destruction these days.

Thus even in the safest bunker, it is difficult to imagine how one could survive a “nuclear Armageddon”.

Still, until we can offer a different, actual solution to break all the deadlocks and create “true peace” above all the diversity, differences of opinions, instinctive mutual distrust, and hate in a way that all benefit, the wars will continue until we totally self-destruct.

Fortunately, we have such a true solution, we can build true peace, as long as we recognize and accept that the reason for war is not in others, it is not in the “just disputes”, claims against each other, but the reason for war is our own selfish, subjective, exploitative nature that tries to define, justify itself over others, at the expense of others.

Only when we consciously recognized, accepted this, and are willing to learn how to act, behave, interconnect above and against our inherent nature, then we will be able to build positive, mutually responsible, and mutually complementing interconnections, cooperation for our mutual, collective survival and continuing human development — above everything that separates, rejects us without suppressing, erasing anything.

This tension, dynamic, ever-renewed, maintained “true peace” above and against imminent, “almost war” will give us a special Human consciousness, attainment, understanding of life and total reality between vast, opposing 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.