“Love others as yourself”. What does it mean?!

Question from the Internet:

“If you were given a chance to give back in the past, what invention or rule would you want to contribute to society?”

I assume you are asking this because you feel that we need to change society somehow since human society feels broken today. But why should we go back to the past when we can fix society today?

Moreover, we do not need to change the past. Instead, we need to learn from it.

Whatever has happened until now has been the result of every human blindly following their inherently self-serving, self-justifying, egocentric and exploitative nature. We are born with an operating software that allows thinking, calculations and desires only for our own sake. And as a result, knowingly or unknowingly, we constantly survive and succeed at the expense of others, especially since we have evolved into a globally integrated and fully interdependent closed system.

As a result, even the fundamental building block of society, the classical family, is broken and dysfunctional today. Our selfish and individualistic ego has also been growing and intensifying from generation to generation, reaching its peak intensity today.

Thus our whole history, the past millennia, provide us with a rich field of research to see how much our inherent egos act like cancer, inevitably destroying everything around us until we destroy ourselves as well.

So we do not need to go back to the past to change society. We need to learn from the past — and from the present society. There is a rule or principle we can take from the past and apply to the present and to the future, which could change society and human development for the better.

This is the oft-used principle of “love others as yourself”, which we have been saying and writing a lot, which all religions and faith systems are based on, and which principle we simply did not understand before.

After all, how could an individualistic, selfish human being — that was born to love and serve only oneself — love another like oneself?!

But today, in the fully integrated and interdependent world, where we have all become like single cells in a living organism, this whole makes sense. If I am but an individual cell in a vast, living, integrated and interdependent organism together with all the inanimate, vegetative, animate and human parts of Nature, then everything and everybody else is a “part of me”.

If my “individual existence” 100% depends on the state and optimal development of each and every part of Nature, especially all other human beings, then the previous egocentric self-love does not make any sense anymore.

I can survive and optimally develop only if I love all other parts of Nature — especially human beings I can actively and consciously communicate and interact with — at least as much as I love myself.

We do not need to do anything else to improve the state of human society and the world but to apply the principle of “love others as yourself” in its full meaning, with the help of a unique, purposeful and highly practical educational method.

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I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.

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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.