Hope is not enough

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readNov 10, 2021

Question from the Internet:

“What is to be done to see our future as a vision of hope?”

I do not think — especially in the dire straits humanity is in right now — that hope is enough.

We need something solid, practical to stand on.

And for that, first of all, we would need to know why we are in our present precarious state and then we would need to know how we can remedy the root cause.

And the root cause for not only our present state but also for the helplessly recurring vicious historic cycles is our inherently egocentric, self-serving, self-justifying, subjective, and individualistic nature.

This is why we constantly try to survive, succeed at each other’s and Nature’s expense, behaving, acting like cancer in Nature’s fully integrated, interdependent single, living system.

Thus neither hope, nor philosophy, religion, or our usual political, economic, social, or military “solutions” can help.

In order to come to true solutions for our mounting, global problems, in order to safeguard our immediate and long-term human survival, we will need to learn how to think, make decisions and act outside of our inherently egocentric, subjective boxes.

Instead of constantly making only selfish calculations for our own benefit, we will need to learn how to constantly make calculations for the benefit of others and the whole Natural system.

This is the actual meaning of the well-known but never used principle of “love others as yourself”, which simply, but symbolically describes Nature’s fundamental laws that sustain the balance and homeostasis life depends on.

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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.