Changing the world can happen only by changing ourselves

Zsolt Hermann
3 min readMar 25, 2023

Question from the Internet:

“Does a person have to be a politician to change a country for the better? Most politicians nowadays don’t do much to change the world for the better so I feel like it should be up to the citizens to try and make the world a better place.”

You are completely right. Politicians, experts, and “influencers” cannot change the world for the better, even if they tried.

They are completely invested in the system we exist in, rooted in all parts of the present human paradigm with all of their cells and interest.

We are all born with an inherently self-serving, self-justifying, egocentric, and exploitative nature. Our instinctive engine and driving force is an insatiable desire to receive pleasures for ourselves. Everything we ever think about, decide, or do is based on 100% egocentric and subjective “pleasure/pain” software.

We are simply incapable of seeing and understanding anything outside of this sphere of self-interest. This is how we are born and built by default, and as long as we blindly follow our inherent nature — without some very serious and fundamental, conscious and purposeful self-change — we all behave in the same selfish, ruthlessly competitive, and exploitative way.

Of course, we are not all the same in terms of the intensity of this selfish driving force, we all have different abilities and conditions. We all have differing abilities to use our inherent desire to its maximum measure. Usually, it is the most selfish, egotistic, and self-fulfilling people — who also have the ability to use their desires — that end up at the peak of the “human pyramid” in society.

And this most selfish and egoistic peak — the people who have the greatest hunger to get whatever they want and are ready to sacrifice others and themselves for this purpose — then controls, manipulates, and exploits all the rest.

These people enjoy our selfish, egotistic paradigm and success at the expense of others the most with obvious benefits. Thus they have absolutely no interest in changing anything or giving up what they have.

If changes are going to come — and it is obvious in our times that changes have to come — they have to come from people who are also selfish, egoistic, and potentially exploitative of each other, but have no unbreakable ties to the system yet, and have the ability and willingness to accept the need for fundamental and serious self-changes.

We can never change, correct or convince others. If we want any true changes, then we have to start with ourselves. We have to learn and practice how to exist above and against our instinctive nature, and how to build nature-like, finely balanced mutual integration between us.

Then, if at least a critical minority starts this process and can create a small, but qualitatively much higher and successful mutual environment between them, they will be able to influence and inspire the masses through their positive example. And since the general human society, our present civilization will continue to collapse and the general suffering in the world will increase, this positive example will become more and more distinct and conspicuous.

This is how the world will change, with the help of a unique minority, pioneers who are already sensitive and willing enough to change the world by changing themselves. There is no other way.

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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.