Should we get our basic necessities for free?

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readMay 21, 2022

Question from the Internet:

“Should food be free for everyone?”

We could say that the very basic necessities like food, shelter and healthcare should be free for everyone, securing the basic natural necessities for all to exist.

But that level takes into consideration only our “animal part”, the biological body that needs those necessities to survive.

But what about the Human being in us?

A truly Human being cannot tolerate being given resources for free like an animal, we would simply “burn from shame” if we feel that we were provided with our necessities without us deserving, or meriting it by our own efforts.

We might not feel this in our present, “modern” life when people openly manipulate, control and exploit others, when taking away resources and livelihood from others for personal profit is eliciting pride and such people are coveted. Our present society is totally twisted and unnatural and as a result, it is collapsing.

But when we are talking about basic Human nature, our self-esteem, our personal pride cannot tolerate being dependent on others like a pet, receiving what we need through charity or out of pity. When someone or someone’s family is literally dying from hunger, then of course the situation is different and one accepts anything to survive, but that is again our basic, biological survival level. When we already have our basic necessities the Human being starts functioning.

When we look at the psychological plight of unemployed people, having very minimal resources is only part of the problem. The greater psychological, the truly Human problem is that they have become obsolete for a society like outcast society has no need for and need to sustain through charity, donation or out of pity while taking resources away from others.

So it does not matter if we get food, shelter and healthcare for free. The most important is that we organize society in such a way, that each person can find their most optimal, mutually responsible and mutually complementary place and role towards the collective.

Only when each person can maximally contribute to the well-being and optimal development of the whole, feeling themselves as crucially important and irreplaceable members of the active society — each according to their abilities and actual conditions — then we can accept what society provides for us without any shame but with pride, because we fully deserve when we receive what we need — justly and proportionately according to our contribution.



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.