Human cruelty is unparalleled in Nature

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readOct 12, 2020

Question from the Internet:

“Is human the only species that is a so cruel towards fellow species members? If yes, then why? If not, then what other species?”

There are multiple examples of cruelty in other animal species against their own, most notably how chimpanzees murder one another, or even resort to cannibalism, mostly eating infants of other chimpanzees.

But Human violence, killing one another is on a completely different scale as the following article from Natural Geographic discusses.
Humanity is very unique as we have a unique self-awareness no other animal has. We feel ourselves independent, disconnected not only from the rest of Nature, but also disconnected from other Humans.

We are all existing only for ourselves, mostly at the expense of each other. It doesn’t matter how cruel animals can be towards each other, it all happens withing the framework of Nature’s “circle of life”, within the boundaries of the Natural balance, homeostasis that dictates consumption and population numbers.

Humanity is completely out of the framework, we don’t contribute to Nature’s “circle of life”, to its balance and homeostasis, we disrupt it, consume and destroy everything in our path - including each other.

This is the result of our inherently self-serving, self-justifying, individualistic and exploitative Human ego which we received from evolution.
Nature’s evolution purposefully placed us above, outside of Nature’s perfectly organized, balanced system in order to give us the opportunity and ability to find our inevitable, life-sustaining integration to the system with our own, conscious effort.

Thus first we have to recognize how with our instinctive reactions, “solutions” we cause only harm, and then we can start our conscious shift from blind, instinctive development towards a truly Human one.

Only when we learn how to rebuild Human society according to Nature’s laws of integration, when we relate to each other through Nature’s mutual responsibility, mutual guarantee, then will we curb Human violence towards other Humans and towards Nature, truly becoming Nature’s most distinguished, developed creatures.



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.