Can we reconcile the usual “right vs. left” split in society?

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readDec 4, 2022

Question from the Internet:

“Why is the debate between the left and the right a never-ending thing with no clear winners? How do we put an end to it and finally reach brotherly peace between us as human beings?”

You are right. Humanity’s history — especially our recent history — is a helpless and incessant swing between extreme opposites. Today we describe it as “right vs. left” but we could name it in other ways as well. And if it is not along the split between “right vs. left,” then we can find opposition and split along other notions.

The point is that we helplessly lurch from one extreme to another.

And as the so-called “liberal-leftist” agenda — forcing a totally unnatural lifestyle and behavior on people in the name of misguided equality and homogeneity — has run its course, and now we are witnessing a rebound towards the right, extreme right as people had enough.

But shortly after — and these transitions are faster and more violent each time — we will again witness another rebound in the opposite direction as the right swing will bring fascism and segregation and more hate and destruction.

As long as we all blindly follow our inherently self-serving, self-justifying, egocentric, and individualistic nature and our tendency to survive and succeed at each other’s expense, these vicious cycles will not stop until we totally self-destruct — which is not far now.

Brotherly peace, unity, and a sustainable co-existence will come only — and we do not have much time to practice and implement this — when we understand and humbly accept that we are all 100% selfish, hateful and exploitative and only when we change ourselves can we change the world.

We can’t continue blaming, correcting, censoring, or destroying others while we hold onto our own harmful and destructive beliefs and philosophies that are all baseless. We can’t continue manipulating the world — in the name of arbitrary ideologies, philosophies, or religions we use to kill and destroy others that are different — according to our inherently egocentric and subjective worldview.

Instead, we have to understand and accept the huge differences and diversity between us and build a world where we mutually complement each other, each bringing their unique abilities and qualities — both positive and negative — to create a single whole, a living organism where opposites add to each other instead of mutually short-circuiting one another.

We have to build a human society where each finds its own unique, rightful, and irreplaceable place and function without suppressing or erasing anything.

This requires a unique approach and method and a wise and humble willingness for self-change. If we do not do this willingly, consciously, and in total subjugation of our egoistic and exploitative tendencies, then terrible and intolerable suffering will soften us and make us do the same.

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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.