The future evolution of human society

Question from the Internet:

“Will capitalism as we know it evolves into something new?”

I would turn this around a bit. Capitalism, Communism or any other political, economic or social systems we use are simply the external representations of who we are and how we relate to each other.

These systems evolve and change according to how we ourselves evolve and change our mutual relationships as we try to make human society work. Thus it is not Capitalism or other “isms” that evolve. We change, and as a result, the political, economic and social systems we use also change.

Until now, we have been existing and building civilizations according to our inherently self-serving- self-justifying, egocentric and exploitative nature. Raw capitalism, with its presumed individual freedom, limitless personal consumption and ruthless competition where we succeed at each other’s expense, is the best fit for our inherent nature.

But as history shows, when we try applying such principles without adjustments, we always end up in a vastly unequal society where a small minority exploits the large majority, leading to an inevitable complete breakdown.

Then we have a rebound reaction, trying to build societies on “communistic or Socialistic” principles, but since those ideas are against the inherently selfish, egocentric human nature, such societies also break and collapse.

Then we have to add to this that our driving force, the insatiable and 100% selfish ego, constantly and exponentially grows; these violent shifts from one extreme to another become sharper and more destructive as we go. And today, we have reached the end of the road concerning the blind and instinctive human development based on the human ego; we are ready to self-destruct completely.

Fortunately, we have another step of evolution to make, this time not with the inherent ego driving us but above and against the ego. This is the first time humanity has had the chance to start a completely new, this time conscious development above and against our instincts.

This means completely abandoning all the futile and unsuccessful ideologies, philosophies and religions we have invented and built by our egos. Instead, we can willingly and consciously adapt ourselves to Nature’s finely balanced and mutually integrated system where each and every element and part of the system selflessly and unconditionally serves the whole, and as a result, each element and part justly and proportionately receive everything they need and deserve for continuing their unique and irreplaceable contribution to the whole.

While superficially, it might sound and look like Communism, it is not. It has nothing to do with our arbitrary ideologies or philosophies, but it is a system that is obligated by Nature’s absolute laws.

Building a Nature-like human society does not require to give us our individual uniqueness or anything that is part of our personalities. We do not need to give up personal properties or our competitive spirit, and there are no limits to how much one can progress and achieve in life.

The only condition is that all our activities have to remain within Nature’s finely balanced homeostasis and within the optimal parameters of natural resources and available resources, while we cannot succeed or gain at the expense of others but only to the extent that we foster the general balance and homeostasis that life depends on.

This is not something we can choose or reject. Either increasing crisis and intolerable suffering or a wise, willing and conscious educational process will help our transition to this Nature-like human society. After all, we are integral parts of Nature’s system whether we like it or not, whether we agree or not. Thus our problem-solving ability and continuing human survival depend on adapting ourselves to Nature’s laws and evolutionary process.

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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.