Humanity vs Nature

Question from the Internet:

“Is acting in opposition to nature always counterproductive?”

I think it is very simple.

Nature is a closed, integrated, interdependent system that functions based on strict and unchanging laws. These laws are absolute, like the law of gravity, for example. We can learn how to work with this law; we can even “fly” as long as we know the law and act accordingly.

Humans are born from Nature; we still exist in and evolve with Nature. Humanity is an integral part of Nature.

This means that all the laws that Nature operates by are obligatory for us too.

So when we invent arbitrary and artificial human laws and systems that are incompatible or even go against the laws of Nature, we are causing harm to the system and to ourselves.

Now there are laws of Nature we are aware of, we agreed to follow, while there are laws we do not know yet or we chose to ignore.

Nature is a single, closed and integral system. In that case, the law of “mutual guarantee” — each and every part being 100% responsible for each and every other part and the whole collective at the same time — is the most important general law. Without it, the general balance and homeostasis that life depends on would not be possible.

Now, this is a law that we ignore; even when we start to understand it exists and works, we stubbornly go against it. This law of “mutual guarantee” is totally opposite to our inherently egocentric, individualistic, subjective and self0serving worldview and perception of reality.

Thus we continue triumphantly to consume whatever we want and base our profit and competition-oriented society on “aggregate demand” and totally unnatural and self-destructive energy and resource needs. We continue succeeding and surviving at each other’s expense because the introverted, self-declared need of the selfish individual self is above all.

Simply put, we act like cancer and not as healthy cells of this single and integrated living system.



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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.