“National obsession” at a time of a global crisis

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readApr 21, 2020

Crisis situations like this pandemic, for example, can elevate people above their local, familial, national circles, opening our eyes to a wider perspective on the world. This is not necessarily contradictory to being obsessed with our own nation.

“National self-obsession” is not only an American trait. It is in every nation while we are also all “obsessed with our own individuality”.

Basically every individual and nation reacted to the Covid-19 pandemic in their own way, in completely contradicting, uncoordinated fashion. And nationality, culture, religion, social system did not make any difference and did not guarantee better or worse results.

Most of the time we see the negative consequences of nationalism, patriotism as history mostly remembers the negative effects, destructions caused by such traits. And this crisis again shows that in a globally integrated and fully interdependent world we are all responsible for one another above borders, beyond nationality and everything else that defines us.

If we do not learn how to build unprecedented, truly positive and sustainable, global, mutually responsible and mutually complementing connections, communication, we will never be able to solve our mounting global problems and our collective survival will remain in jeopardy.

On the other hand, our individual, national identity is part of who we are. It cannot be suppressed or erased and any such attempts will only bring an even stronger rebound reaction as history has already shown us many times.

So we need to learn with the help of a unique, purposeful and practical educational method how to keep, even strengthen our individual, national identities, feel, cherish our uniqueness and still become positive, useful, mutually complementing “mosaic pieces” to a global Human system, that can benefit from our diversity, where competition is not about overcoming others, succeeding, surviving at the ex[pense of others but about how to improve, increase the well-being, positive development of the whole system, all included.

The most important thing to learn is that this is not obligated, suggested by some political ideology, philosophy, religious or mystical thinking. We need to learn how to live and survive together according to Nature’s iron laws governing its fully integrated and interdependent system we are also part of.



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.