Our seemingly inevitable self-destruction is not set in stone yet…

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readDec 9, 2020


Opinion from the Internet about Human development in Nature:

Humans have always lived outside of nature I call it ecto ecological, ever since we used tools.
Societies need to grow.
Technology has been a very useful tool to help us grow.
We don’t have ”instinct" to protect anything.
We’re far better at exploiting things than protecting them.
There is no trajectory of human endeavor that has sustainability.
There’s a 99% chance that no humans will walk the Earth by the year 2100.
We will be extinct.
Evolution has no special role for humans. It doesn’t care about direction. It only cares about outcomes and the outcome is if you survive the environment you’re a leftover you’re not a pinnacle…

You are correctly describing Humanity’s development so far as “ecto-ecological”, outside of, most of the time against Nature’s otherwise closed, fully integrated system, which system is governed by strict, unbending laws that sustain the balance and homeostasis life depends on.

You are also correct in saying that by now our incompatibility with Nature’s system has reached a critical threshold, where we have become self-destructive so much so, that an irreversible global meltdown could be triggered - from multiple causes, from multiple locations - even in our own generation.

But I wouldn’t call Nature, evolution “direction-less”.

Even on Earth we can clearly observe a direction towards developing ever more complex life-forms on one hand — from inanimate substances to plants, then to animals and the Human degree, from very basic single-cellular organisms to highly complex, intelligent multi-cellular organisms — while driving the whole system towards ever increasing integration, cooperation, communication.

While from our own point of view Human development has no obvious direction except ever increasing consumption, egotistic self-fullfilment at all cost, from Nature’s point of view Humanity has a clear role to play in the system.

But even if we ignore that role for the time being, our imminent survival depends on learning, and finally applying Nature’s laws of integration to Human society,as without it we have no right to survive in Nature, being a cancerous foreign body in it.

Our seemingly inevitable self-destruction — which is a certainty if we don’t change course — is not set in stone yet.

We have the unique Human mind capable of critical self-assessment, initiating self-change which can help us. We can still purposefully, methodically adjust, “upgrade" ourselves towards consciously achieved compatibility, integration with Nature.

Then this conscious adaptation will take us closer to our evolutionary Human role, but for the time being we need to start learning how to adjust, change ourselves in order to survive first of all.

This is within our ability with the right, purposeful and practical educational method.




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.