Can we use “gut instincts” effectively?

Zsolt Hermann
1 min readApr 3, 2022

Question from the Internet:

“Can gut instincts be of use when determining who and what to trust online? How and why?”

“Gut instinct” is a very graphical, “visceral” description of blindly following our instincts.

And our instincts are always egocentric, subjective, instinctively we care only about ourselves, make all calculations for ourselves.

In the animal world “gut instinct” is advantageous, it serves survival, catering for necessities. But human “gut instinct” is closer to the software of cancer, promoting the self beyond necessities, driving us towards the excessive accumulation of everything for our own selfish benefit, driving us towards surviving, succeeding at the expense of others and Nature.

Human “gut instinct” is destructive. Fortunately, we also have a unique Human intellect — we haven’t been using much so far — which is capable of critical self-assessment, recognizing the harmful, destructive tendencies in us, initiating positive self-change, and self-development.

We will become truly Human when we learn how to act, behave, and exist above and against our “gut instincts”, following Nature’s laws of integration, Nature’s integral template instead.



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.