Conditions for long-term thinking

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readApr 9, 2024

An article in The Jerusalem Post:

My comment:

In order to have long-term thinking, we need stable foundations and trust in each other.

In a climate where everybody is looking over their shoulders, where we constantly undermine and second guess each other, where each and every person — from leaders to the people of the street — thinks only about their own benefits, rewards, legacies, and justice, we are lacking such foundations.

This is not an Israeli or Jewish problem.

Every human being is born with an inherently self-serving, self-justifying, and exploitative nature. We simply cannot think about anything beyond our own self-interest and self-benefit. This is how we are programmed.

But Jews are different in two ways.

Due to our special conditions and circumstances, unless we unite and work together, suspending all infighting and animosity, we constantly face existential danger — for millennia.

Jews also have the only working and practical method that can facilitate human beings to start existing and acting above and against their inherent nature. We can consciously and methodically harness unique developmental forces from nature’s system that can make us capable of solving problems that arise from our inherent nature.

As long as we try “solving problems” with the usual egoistic and selfish methods of others, we keep failing.

If we revive and use our own ancient method, we will keep succeeding and become a positive example for others we are destined to become.

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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.