Our present moral, ethics cannot help us

Zsolt Hermann
1 min readMar 16, 2021

Question from the Internet:

“How can we use applied ethics to solve human problems now?”

I am not sure what “applied ethics” is. The moral, ethical codes, all the laws, principles humanity has developed so far are based on, designed by our inherently selfish, egocentric, individualistic, and exploitative nature.

Perhaps we use nice slogans, principles like “love others as yourself”, or “don’t do to others what you yourself hate” but we act in the opposite way, or use those principles only as empty slogans, lipservice.

So we can’t use ethics — or any of our usual philosophies, ideologies, religions — to solve humanity’s problems.

In order to solve our problems which come from our excessive overconsumption, ruthless competition, succeeding at each other’s and nature’s expense we need to change, upgrade our “operating software” from inherently selfish, exploitative to selfless and altruistic.

Only then will we be able to build “nature-like” mutual integration which will then align is with nature’s system, its laws, and evolutionary plan. And this similarity, harmonization with nature will solve our problems nothing else.



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.