The ideal thing in a non-ideal world

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readFeb 7, 2022

Question from the Internet:

“What is the most ideal thing in a non-ideal world?”

The most ideal thing in a non-ideal world is our conscious — uniquely Human — ability to recognize what is “non-ideal” to correct it until it becomes ideal.

There is no growth, optimal development without recognizing non-optimal processes, states and then correcting them towards the optimal. The best example is how our own biological body has such processes unfolding constantly, with parallel destructive and constructive activities, by constant checks and corrections. Even a missile does not fly in a straight line, but it constantly deviates and then recorrects its flight path.

The problem that remains is two-fold.

How can we reocginxe the ideal vs the non-ideal and what standard do we use to determine what the good vs bad, optimal vs non-optimal?

If we wanted to use our inherently egocentric, subjective worldview, calculations — as we think and act inherently — we inevitably fail as we cannot see reality “as it is” we always see a version that is distorted, corrupted to our own selfish direction.

And as long as we use our own standards for “optimal, good, ethical”, even the ones that are determined by different ideologies, [philosophies, religions we also inevitably fail — as history proves — since they are all based on the same inherently egocentric, subjective self-serving viewpoint, calculation.

We need to accept nature’s finely balanced, fully integrated system and its way of maintaining, governing the crucial general homeostasis life depends on as our standard. That defines how the comprising elements in every integral, living system have to behave and interconnect.

In order to accept this and follow the Natural template without egocentric, subjective bias, first, we need to build human interconnections, cooperation according to that template until we develop, acquire an unprecedented, composite, collective consciousness, intellect that can elevate our viewpoints above any introverted, egotistic distortions, giving us a selfless, objective way of looking at reality.

Then we can truly discern non-ideal from ideal and perform the above-mentioned constant, fine-tuning, corrections, aligning ourselves to Nature’s evolutionary direction above and against our instinctively selfish, egoistic deviations. And then, within this contrast we can recognize and understand reality in its totality, becoming Nature’s only conscious, willing observers and partners.

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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.