Is Nature good or evil?

Zsolt Hermann
3 min readNov 27, 2022

Question from the Internet:

“How can these two statements be true at the same time: nature is evil, we have protected ourselves from it; nature is good, and we have to comply with its rules?”

Neither of these statements is true. They are simply the product of our inherently misguided, egocentric, and subjective viewpoints and consciousness.

By default, we constantly measure and judge everything in relation to our instinctively self-serving and self-justifying nature and calculations. So when something is “good” for our own selfish calculations, then it is judged as “good,” and when something is “not good” for our selfish calculations, then it is judged as “evil.”

Nature is neither “good” nor is it “evil.” Nature is “ as it is.” It is a lawful, deterministic system that exists and develops according to a “single-minded” evolutionary plan that drives the whole system from a precise beginning to a precise and predetermined final goal.

We are also born from this system, according to its plan, and we also have a unique and predetermined role and purpose in that final state.

Our problem is that, by default, we are unaware of the laws and the developmental plan of the system, and we are totally clueless about our own role and function within the system. We do not even know what forces, desires, and intentions truly drive us and why.

This “ignorance” or “amnesia” was installed in us by the same evolutionary plan. We could say that human beings were “released into production,” into existence “unfinished.”

This has a very high and benevolent purpose from the side of evolution.

Only by being born “unfinished’ and incomplete, only by initially existing as if outside and against Nature, do we have a chance for independence, free choice, and to pursue development that will make us “truly Human” beings in the end.

We have to come to a recognition that the only “evil” in Nature’s system is our inherently egocentric, subjective, self-serving, and self-justifying nature, which we will have to change and further develop.

As a result, we received into our own hands the opportunity to consciously and purposefully direct our future development. We are the only elements in Nature with the conscious and proactive ability to adapt and refine ourselves and become “like Nature” through our own efforts.

This conscious and willing adaptation to Nature’s finely balanced and mutually integrated system — through pursuing and building Nature-like integration in human society — is our only free choice in life.

But through this free choice — seemingly choosing to become what evolution already predetermined for us — we won’t only avoid unnecessary and intolerable suffering — if we let Nature push and force us to reach our purpose — but by consciously and methodically choosing what awaits us we will get a tangible and very realistic feeling as if we directed our own development and the whole system, as we will feel how the whole system start accommodating itself to our desires and actions.

The moment we make the decision to adapt ourselves to Nature, and we start acting accordingly, all of Nature’s forces and processes start assisting and developing us in a positive and embracing way instead of pushing and prodding us with natural disasters and crisis situations like now.

This seemingly tiny choice of proactively and in advance choosing what the system would force us to do anyway, gives us a window where we feel totally free and all-powerful, attaining and partnering with the whole system of reality.

And when we reach that state, we will feel and justify that Nature and its evolution is the most perfect, loving, and supporting system that can be, existing in absolute, infinite, and endless perfection — which seemingly we achieved for ourselves with the assistance of Nature’s forces.



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.