Problems are great opportunities.

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readMar 30, 2023

Question from the Internet:

“Can it be true that problems are unsolved opportunities?”

Yes, problems are unsolved opportunities. If we did not have problems we need to find solutions for, how would we learn about the reality we live in? How would we understand who we are and what we are capable of?

Without encountering problems and working out their solutions, we would never develop and grow; we would have no idea about the world and about ourselves.

Each child learns about things by taking them apart and then putting them back together again. The most popular and effective toys are based on problem-solving, learning how to put complex structures together from “broken or separated pieces.”

Our whole education is based on tests, where students have to find and explain solutions to complex problems.

The most qualitative and respected jobs in humanity are the ones where professionals can help others solve their problems.

Thus we need to establish a proper attitude towards problems; we need to respect and even cherish them since only with their help can we further develop and become qualitatively better and higher.

The only additional element in our days is that we have evolved into a globally integrated and interdependent world. As a result, all our problems — without any exception — are also global and integrated.

And we cannot solve global and integral problems personally, not even through small teams or within nations.

Global and integral problems require global and integral comprehension, discussion, and decision-making, which leads to global and integral actions. We need to come to such composite viewpoints and opinions which contain elements from all of us, while the final solution is something none of us possess personally.

This is the part we find most difficult, as by default, we all are convinced that our — inherently egocentric, subjective, and individual opinion and knowledge is right. This is why we willingly, consciously, and actively have to learn how to properly approach problems and how truly collective and composite problem-solving and action 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.