Feeling hopeful in the midst of crisis

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readMar 23, 2021


Question from the Internet:

“How do you feel hopeful for humanity, nature, and the overall planet’s future when everything seems so bleak?”

As strange it may sound, it is specifically because everything looks so bleak that I feel not only hopeful, but I am certain about better times coming!

Human beings change usually only when they have no other options. The whole of human history is a recurring chain of vicious cycles when we changed, developed as a result of intolerable suffering in our actual state, prompting us to move on.

Today we don’t have this option, there is nowhere to move on.

There are no ideologies, systems, philosophies, religions we could try, if we allow ourselves to sleepwalk into a predictable world war, it will probably wipe all of us out, if we don’t stop overconsuming everything we can reach, then we will destroy all natural resources, while the pandemic gave a very stark warning that if a more infectious, more life-threatening plague came, again it would wipe us out as we are simply unable to cooperate, make calculations for the whole collective instead of only caring about the selfish ego.

Thus we have no other option but to change what we tried to avoid changing for millennia: ourselves!

Only by changing, overriding our inherently selfish, egoistic, exploitative and hateful nature can we reach a situation that we can build the crucially important, positive, constructive, mutually responsible and mutually complementing interconections, cooperation our problem solving ability and survival depends on.

And today a steadily growing number of people are sensitive enough and willing enough to start such unprecedented changes, starting a completely new, conscious purposeful human development to adapt global human society to Nature’s integral system.

Later these pioneers will be able to pull the rest of humanity behind them towards safety.




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.