Do we need a global meltdown to learn how to build human societies?

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readMar 27, 2022


Question from the Internet:

“Assuming the world gets mostly destroyed from nukes and a few humans survived, what are the outlined predicated procedures for rebuilding civilization?”

If such a calamity happened, or the worsening consequences of climate change, loss of freshwater supply, famines, inhospitable living conditions wipe out most of humanity — each are more and more likely scenarios in our generation — the survivors will need to honestly examine, understand what lead to such disasters.

They will need to recognize — in order to secure their continuing survival — that it was humanity’s inherently egoistic, selfish, individualistic and exploitative nature that lead to the near-extermination of the human race.

This inherent nature in us behaves like cancer in mutually integrated, interdependent human societies and in Nature’s fully integrated system.

Of course, if we are wise, we can recognize the same thing right here and right now, before we pull the trigger or before Nature finishes us off in different ways.

Human survival — which is a collective survival as Nature does not make calculations with individuals or nations, does not “see” individual human beings only a single species — solely depends on us consciously proactively learning how to build Nature-like mutual integration. Problem-solving, problem-prevention in the global, integral world depends on positive, global, mutually responsible and mutually complementing interconnections, cooperation.

We do not have a choice in this matter since this is determined by Nature’s strict, unchanging and unforgiving laws that govern the fragile, dynamic general balance and homeostasis life depends on.

Our choice is only if we do that as a result of intolerable suffering, or as a result of conscious recognition and subsequent self-change.



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.