Learning to see “good/bad” from Nature’s viewpoint

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readSep 17, 2021


Question from the Internet:

“Global fertility rates are dropping substantially which is good for the climate but bad economically. How does the declining population growth rate cause economic woes?”

The problem is, that we are evaluating everything according to our own, inherently self-serving, self-justifying, egocentric, and subjective viewpoint and calculations.

Thus we consider something “good” or “bad” according to how it fits our misguided, unnatural, arbitrary plans, ideologies, human systems.

We consider ourselves outside of, above Nature as if we could do anything we like, just because we see it fit. This thinking, human history’s helplessly recurring vicious cycles based on this human ideology today brought us to the brink of self-destruction.

Fortunately, we also have a unique, unparalleled human intellect, capable of critical self-assessment, initiating self-change, proactive development. So far we haven’t used this truly human intellect as our inherent ego justifies whatever we do in any given situation, and even when a sharp sword is put to our neck with no way out we think we can somehow force our way and bribe our way out of the dead end.

This is completely foolish since here we are not standing against some human judge, we are standing against Nature’s strict, unchanging and unforgiving laws. Either we learn, accept, and follow those laws, or we “punish” ourselves finding how we stumble from crisis to crisis until we self-destruct and evolution throws us out.

We accept that the law of gravity applies to us, so we do not jump off a cliff without protective gear, but we do not accept that Nature’s integration, the laws that sustain the general balance and homeostasis life depends on are obligatory for us as well.

Thus whether we like it or not, we need to consciously, proactively learn, and follow Nature’s laws that sustain integrality and life, we will need to scale our life back to the optimal parameters of natural necessities and available resources while building Nature-like, mutually responsible and mutually complementing interconnections, cooperation between us so we become compatible and integrated within Nature’s network.

Then we will understand what “good” and “bad” are — not from our own point of view, but from the viewpoint of the whole Natural system.

Then we will become unique, conscious, partnering parts of the system, justifying our place at the peak of evolution’s pyramid.



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.