The biggest problem with the world

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readMar 22, 2023

Question from the Internet:

“If you could solve the world’s biggest problem, which problem would you choose and how would you solve it?”

There is only one big problem with the world, and all other problems originate from it.

This one big problem is how we see the world and ourselves in it.

By default, we all sense ourselves as independent, “standalone” beings, that are separated from others and the natural system. As a result, we do not benefit from nature’s “inner sense” of mutual guarantee, each part and element automatically sensing themselves as integral parts of the system, benefiting from mutual coexistence and mutually complementing cooperation.

In contrast, human beings feel that they have to constantly fight and compete for survival, thriving to succeed at each other’s expense while also exploiting and depleting nature’s resources.

Everything else, all the historical and contemporary problems we experienced and experience originates from this distorted – egocentric, subjective and individualistic – worldview we are born with. And all proper and effective solutions need to start with correcting and expanding our worldview.

We will need to come to a tangible and very realistic sense, that we are all integral parts, individual cells of the same living organism. We will have to undoubtedly feel that we are so intertwined that the health, progress, success and survival of any individual is indistinguishable from the health, progress, success and survival of the whole.

And when we not only understand but viscerally feel this, we will be able to form the “nature-like”, mutually integrated and mutually complementing integration our problem-solving and survival depends on.

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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.