Is the Ego good or evil?!

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readJun 9, 2020

Opinion from the Internet about a necessary social contract as the basis of Human society:

Thomas Hobbes describes the nature of man in Leviathan. He thought that man was naturally evil, and that, in the absence of a social contract, the nature of the life of man would be solitary, nasty brutish, and short. The social contract consisted of ceding certain things to your fellow man like you don’t kill me, I won’t kill you.”

I would be careful to call our inherent nature evil or sinful as it sounds like religions taking about “inherent sin”.

One can’t be evil or sinful without free choice.

And since we were born with an instinctively selfish, egotistic, exploitative program — through evolution — we had no choice about our egotistic nature.

Our free choice starts only when we recognize, grudgingly accept that it is who we are, that by following this nature we will inevitably self-destruct so we need to change. Moreover, we also need a method that can help us change we can use if we desire.

This is all building up to our evolutionary Human advantage, being the only “creature” that is capable of assessing, changing, adapting itself to Nature’s otherwise perfect system.

Thus what seems “evil” — our inherent ego — is actually “good”, providing us with the opposite starting point, from which we can perfect, upgrade ourselves through true free choice!

And this will help us fulfill our unique, evolutionary Human role in Nature, being independent, objective observers while also being integrated into the system.



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.