Do we exist in a digital or analog world?

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readMar 7, 2022

Question from the Internet:

“What advantages does someone who grew up in the analog world have living in the modern-day digital world?”

The “digital” world separates everything to 0 and 1, black and white, making sharp distinctions between opposites and can’t reconcile them.

We can see how everything automatically separates to two opposite sides and there is never a true agreement reached between them. North/South, right/left, conservative/liberal, capitalism/communism, men/women, black/white.

Actually, we have been living in a “digital world” since we remember, since our human consciousness has grown enough so we can identify ourselves, our subjective, egoistic self against the rest of the world.

Living in an “analog” world means having the ability to see the whole system as a whole, where all the distinguished differences are only mutually contributing parts of that single whole, all acting towards the same goal with the same intention.

Our inherently self-centered, subjective, individualistic ego makes us “digital”, basing everything on the sharp separation: is it good for me or not? Is it 1 for me or it is zero for me?

But the Natural reality we exist in is analog, everything is 1, like how the billions of cells and billions of microbes make of what I think about as my “self”.

We will need to “return” to the “analog” world by rising above, distancing ourselves from the digital ego, by “disappearing in the “analog whole” as a result of existing through the desires, needs, viewpoints of others.

We do not really “disappear”. Instead, we enter a qualitatively higher, “quantum” perception and consciousness as by losing the constraints of the ego, we start sensing reality without the subjective, egocentric restrictions of time and space.

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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.