Our intentions determine everything.

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readMay 28, 2023

Question from the Internet:

“Is it possible to contribute to society without money?”

While money is indeed an important tool — a trading tool facilitating the exchange of products and services between people — I do not see it positively contributing to society.

It is not enough that most people use money to control, manipulate and exploit others or buy the tools and ability to destroy others. Even when people seemingly give or donate money, even when philanthropists pledge most of their wealth to “positive causes and actions,” we do not actually see long-term and positive results from such actions.

If we truly want to contribute to society in a positive and meaningful way, first of all, we would need to examine our goals and our intentions.

What do we truly want to achieve through our contribution? What changes do we want to see at the end of our contribution?

Why do we want to contribute? Why do we want changes?

Do we want to make our own life better? Do we want to make the lives of others better, but according to our inherently subjective and egocentric viewpoints? Do we want respect, to make a “name” for ourselves?” Do we want to dictate those changes to be in control all the way? Do we want to contribute and make changes because “we know better?”

In truth, we can’t positively contribute to society; we cannot facilitate or foster positive changes before we understand who we are, in what system we exist, what is truly “good vs. bad,” “constructive vs. destructive,” and so on.

And in order to know these things and become able to truly exert positive influence and changes on others and the world, first, we would need to learn and practice how to abandon our inherently self-serving, self-justifying, egocentric, and individualistic viewpoint and calculations.

We would need to learn and practice how to see, feel and experience reality through the viewpoints, needs, and desires of others to such an extent that we realistically and viscerally sense reality through others more than we sense reality through ourselves.

Then we will know how to contribute truly positively and constructively — with or without money. At the end of the day, it is our approach, our intention, and the goals we set that determine how our contribution will unfold and succeed; how much money we give or take is completely irrelevant.

The world, and our lives are determined by our intentions and goals.

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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.