Recognizing inherent human nature

Question from the Internet:

“What is the greatest ignorance of humanity?”

The greatest ignorance in humanity is ignoring our inherent nature, ignoring the true desires and forces that actually drive us to do everything we do.

We all believe that basically, we are “good people” who are capable of doing good to others, that we are capable of sympathy and empathy and we are capable of “true love”.

But in truth, we are all born with a 100% self-serving, self-justifying and subjective consciousness and perception of reality. We can make calculations, we can aspire and act only for whatever gives us selfish pleasures and distances us from egocentric pain and suffering.

This is how we are programmed by Nature’s evolution and by default we are incapable of anything else. When we say we “love” we actually “love” the feeling, the pleasure and all the rewards that come from “loving” another. But we can never love another as we love ourselves or more. Even a mother loves her baby as she feels her baby as part of herself as arranged instinctively by Nature.

By default, we are simply, utterly incapable of doing any good to another unless we benefit from that action.

This is neither a sin nor are we evil. This is how evolution programmed us. It is this 100% selfish, egoistic and individualistic drive that propelled human development compared to the rest of Nature, and it is this inherent program in us that brought us to the brink of self-destruction in human society and in Nature.

Until we finally recognize and accept that we all have the same internal software and we also develop an irrepressible need and desire to change ourselves, we will have no chance of solving any of our mounting problems and we will not be able to facilitate our continuing, collective human survival.

Until we maintain that it is only a few “rotten apples” that are evil in the world or in our societies that we have to weed out, cancel, censor and destroy while the rest are good people who will flourish when the rotten apples are gone, we will only continue to sink ever deeper.

We all have to recognize and accept how Nature’s evolution programmed us and we all need to develop a willingness and absolute need to change ourselves.

Then, we will also find the right solution since Nature also gave us the ability and the tools to change, to further develop ourselves and become “truly Human” beings that can “truly love” and care for each other.

But this can unfold only from the point of recognizing our inherent nature and we accept the necessity to change ourselves!

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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.