The basic principle of human actions

Question from the Internet:

“What is the basic principle of human actions?”

The basic principle of all human actions is that by default, we all automatically and instinctively act only for our own sake. All our calculations, decisions and actions are 100% self-serving, self-justifying, subjective and individualistic.

In itself, this would not be a problem.

In Nature, all plants and animals also exist according to an individualistic desire to exist and survive. But in Nature, the inanimate, vegetative and animate elements act within the context of an all-encompassing “mutual guarantee”, where the general balance and homeostasis that life depends on overrules any individualistic and personal calculations and actions.

In the case of human beings, this all-encompassing mutual guarantee or mutual responsibility is totally missing.

Our desire to exist, to survive and to receive pleasures for ourselves drives us to exist and behave at the expense of others and Nature. We do not have the natural restraints and sense of balance that keeps the rest of Nature within the general balance and homeostasis.

As a result, we act like cancer in a mutually destructive way.

This is behind all the problems and crisis situations — both historical and contemporary — we have been experiencing.

And we can solve those problems only when we recognize the inherent problem that arises from our instinctive nature. We consciously, willingly and methodically start changing and further developing ourselves until human society becomes like the rest of Nature — finely balanced and mutually beneficial, integrated in order to create and nurture life.

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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.