How do human desires shape life on Earth?

Zsolt Hermann
3 min readMar 17, 2023

Question from the Internet:

“How do the needs and desires of individuals and societies shape the course of life on Earth?”

You are right, it is the desires and needs of human beings that shape the course of life on Earth. And the desires and needs of humans have a much greater effect than the needs and desires of any other beings on Earth because only humans are capable and obligated to recognize and harness their needs and desires.

All other beings in nature automatically and instinctively integrate into the general balance and homeostasis of the whole system. They do not leave their natural environment and they never consume more than what they naturally need. As a result, nature — when it is unaffected by humans — creates and nurtures life and it develops according to evolution’s predetermined role — albeit unconsciously.

We are also driven by similar desires to animals, our most basic and strongest desires are for food, sex, family, shelter, and for survival in general. And although we have the so-called social desires of wealth, power, fame, and knowledge as well, they have their — less sophisticated and less conspicuous and unconscious counterparts in animal societies as well.

Human beings are born with a very strong feeling of independent individuality, our consciousness and perception of reality are 100% egocentric, subjective, and individualistic. We might fear and try to use nature, but we sense ourselves “outside” and above nature’s system and constantly thrive to control and exploit it, according to our inherently self-serving and self-justifying calculations.

It is this inherently egocentric, subjective, and individualistic human desire that feels no natural constraints and tries to consume everything and anything at all costs, that shapes life on Earth right now. And it shapes life in a cancerous way, and as a result, we are not facing a very real threat of self-destruction, consuming each other and the planet — exactly like cancer.

This was purposeful according to evolution’s deterministic plan, to give us a unique and unparalleled ability to become conscious parts of an otherwise unconscious and automatic system.

We have a special human intellect that is capable of critical self-assessment and initiating self-change and self-development.

At this moment of imminent self-destruction, more and more people are becoming sensitive to our situation and start asking about our life’s purpose and how we could safeguard our continuing human survival on this planet — instead of escaping and then causing the same destruction on another planet.

With the help of the right, purposeful, and practical method, these people can start researching the actual and true laws of nature’s system and how the general balance and homeostasis are maintained. They can also recognize why and how human beings are incompatible with the system and its survival and how we need to adapt and further develop ourselves in order to achieve compatibility.

And if these pioneers achieve a certain, so-called minimal and critical mass, they can start to adapt themselves to nature while also motivating and pulling the rest of humanity behind them through their successful and positive example.

As soon as we start harnessing and channeling our needs and desires so they remain within the optimal parameters of true natural necessities and available resources, while they are also directed for the well-being and the benefit of the whole system — above and against egocentric and individualistic self-benefit, the consciously directed human desires will create a real-life “Garden of Eden” on Earth instead of the destruction and mayhem we are experiencing today. Even nature’s violent processes and destructive forces will align with the balance humans are developing.

Even more importantly, as a result of the conscious and proactive self-adaptation — against our inherent nature — we will become the whole natural system’s only conscious, integrated, and at the same time independent observers and equal partners.

We can say that we become nature’s conscious mind. This is our overall human purpose as defined by nature’s evolution, and this is the only reason we are born into this world, nothing else!



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.