Is the USA a social experiment?

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readNov 24, 2022

Question from the Internet:

“Is the USA being used as a social experiment? Is the division we see merely a distraction for something nefarious, or is there something inherent within the culture that causes the divide?”

We can say that the USA is a social experiment by Nature’s evolution. The USA, the “American Dream” or American way, was supposed to show us what human beings can achieve with the uninhibited, reckless use of our inherently self-serving, self-justifying, egocentric, individualistic and exploitative nature.

America represents the peak of the blindly instinctive, selfish, egocentric — and at the same time self-destructive — human evolution.

And since the whole world was coveting this “Dream” and we all wanted to maximally utilize our all-powerful egos — through excessive overconsumption and ruthless competition where we all succeed at the expense of each other and Nature — now we have reached a breaking point, where we are facing the very real threat of self-destruction on a global scale.

This is, of course, not the fault of America.

Nobody “planned or executed” this consciously or by their own volition. Nature’s evolution led us down this path, using our instincts and unconscious desires to drive human development up to this point. We have all been hapless and blind players in a cosmic game, played by forces in Nature we do not know and can’t yet understand.

On the other hand, in our generation, with the approaching oblivion we are all looking at “live”, we received the chance to wake up from our “dream turning into a nightmare”. We have the unique — so far dormant — Human intellect, capable of critical self-assessment and initiating self-change and self-development.

We just need to recognize that our inherent nature is literally killing us and develop a true and irrepressible desire to change ourselves — instead of trying to change others and the world around us.

The moment we make that decision, and we truly accept the absolute necessity of self-change, we can — with the help of the appropriate, purposeful and practical method — harness and direct the same Natural, developmental forces that drove us so far to help us adapt ourselves to Nature’s laws and evolution’s direction.

America, together with all previous dominant civilizations and societies, will be a certain milestone in human development, which will now continue in a completely different direction, with our own conscious and purposeful participation.

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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.