Self-interest vs collective good in a global, integral world

Question from the Internet:

“How do I balance self-interest with the collective good?”

This is what we have to learn from Nature.

And Nature is trying to help us by pushing us into this globally integrated and interdependent world, “sending us” global problems like the pandemic, climate change that affect us all regardless of where we live.

We just have to stop our stubborn aspirations to calculate, accumulate everything selfishly, excessively only for ourselves — at the expense of others and Nature — as we do now.

We have to go through the same transformation as single-cell organisms went through about 400–600 million years ago when for the clean evolutionary advantage they started forming multi-cellular organisms.

The huge difference is that in our case we have to go through shifting from our inherently egocentric, subjective, fiercely individualistic, ruthlessly competitive lifestyle, development to a collective, altruistic, mutually responsible and mutually complementing one consciously, willingly, by our own efforts.

In terms of the process and the end result we do not have any free choices. We exist in Nature’s lawful, deterministic system, the “survival of the fittest” means the survival of the fittest organisms that can mutually integrate within and with Nature. But we, human beings received the chance to go through this evolutionary revolution consciously, by our own efforts instead of waiting for Nature, for increasing crisis situations, intolerable suffering to force us into it.

We are at the most unique crossroads of human history when we can take our own development into our own hands, consciously, proactively aligning ourselves to Nature’s evolutionary flow — by becoming individual cells of a single Human “superorganism” that is seamlessly integrated into Nature.

Through the right, purposeful, and highly practical educational method we can understand and actually, “viscerally feel” our inevitable, total interdependence in Nature’s system, what we can gain by following Nature’s integral template, and what we might lose (our existence) if we stubbornly refuse to follow Nature’s program.

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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.