Society and the individual

Question from the Internet:

“Is society formed by human beings, while human beings are formed by society?”

Yes. It is a very interesting “chicken/egg” scenario. On one hand, we are all building human society together, while at the same time we are all subjects of that society. being formed, produced by it.

But the most important factor is our inherent nature, our original internal software which drives our calculations and behavior while interacting with others.

Although we are born from Nature, we still exist within Nature evolving together with the system, we are also born with a unique human ego that gradually separated, distanced human beings from Nature’s finely balanced, integrated, and interdependent system.

This human ego made us sense ourselves as standalone, separated, individuals that compete, survive at each other’s expense, and strive for a life that goes beyond the general balance and homeostasis that is painstakingly sustained in nature to facilitate life and optimal development.

As a result, from the original “hunter, gatherer”, familial, tribal human societies we have evolved into today’s harsh, individualistic, narcissistic world, where even the classical family model is falling apart as the subjective, egocentric individuals cannot stand any compromise, subjugation to others.

We live in interesting times as we can observe the maximally developed human ego in Western societies and the less developed but developing ego in “developing countries” or in the few remaining “more natural” tribes cultures still functioning. But evolution does not stop and each country and culture inevitably reaches where Western society is today — inching towards self-destruction as human society has lost any resemblance, compatibility with Nature’s laws that sustain the general balance.

Since besides the human ego we also have a unique human intellect, that is capable of critical self-assessment and initiating self-change, we have the chance to consciously, purposefully take our own evolution into our own hands. We can learn how to “re-integrate” into Nature, restore our compatibility with the system above and against our instinctive nature, inner program which we cannot suppress or erase.

We can build initially smaller, methodically organized, and conducted environments, where we can “reprogram”, re-educate ourselves how to live, make connections according to Nature’s integral template. With such new environments, societies we can “produce”, develop a new type of human beings, that are capable of an unprecedented duality: behaving like Nature elements, while controlling, harnessing, utilizing their inherently egocentric, all-consuming nature towards positive, mutual, and collective goals, purpose.

As a result, we can become very unique, conscious, partnering elements in Nature’s system, the only part that can consciously observe and facilitate the general balance and by that feeling as the “owner”, “guardian” of the whole system.



I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems 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.