Humanity’s inevitable mutual existence

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readMay 26, 2023

Question from the Internet:

“Why do humans seek importance from each other?”

Where else could we get importance from?!

Our human nature is built in such a way that we constantly compare ourselves to others. We constantly seek approval, respect, and justification from others while we constantly judge, assess and criticize others.

Our self-esteem, our self-justification, is based on comparing ourselves to others. We do not have any value on our own; without the context of human society, we would not be able to place ourselves anywhere.

We are social beings through and through.

And we still do not know and understand how much it is so.

Although we kept talking about a global human society, a global village, we started talking about interconnectedness and interdependence, but we still sense ourselves as standalone and separate individuals. We still believe we all have our own lives and individual freedom — or if we do not feel so, we fight for it, and we all believe in individual free choice and chasing our own individual dreams and goals.

But from nature’s point of view, we are not individuals at all. Nature views us as a single entity, a single, fully integrated, and interdependent species, which species is also an irrevocably integral part of nature’s system.

And it does not matter what we believe in or what we seem to feel. We are born from nature’s system and are still integral parts of the system. Nature’s viewpoint and nature’s laws determine our life and obligate us as they obligate any other element of nature. This is why our misguided and incompatible human system — that is based on selfish and egocentric individuality — is now falling apart since we cannot go against nature’s laws and its finely balanced and mutually integrated system any longer.

Thus instead of the importance of the egocentric self, we would need to foster and develop the importance of the mutually integrated collective.

In uniquely organized and conducted groups, we would need to learn and practice nature-like mutual cooperation and co-existence. And for this special and conscious human development, we can utilize and effectively use all the instinctive attributes and drivers in us, like envy, jealousy, desire for more and craving respect from others.

By harnessing and redirecting these attributes and inner drivers, we can propel each other and ourselves towards that nature-like mutual integration and coexistence that is the key to our collective future survival.

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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.