The “new normal” after the pandemic

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readJul 30, 2021

Question from the Internet:

“What’s your opinion about covid-19 situation around the world now, do you think we will still return to normal life that we use to live before?”

In order to return to some form of “normal” life, most of all, we have to understand that our life before the pandemic was not normal at all.

We still stubbornly ignore the fact that our human system has been in an incessant crisis, stumbling from one problem to another.

We have been exploiting each other and Nature like cancer, sleepwalking towards a global meltdown that could wipe most of humanity out, which meltdown could start from multiple causes in multiple locations.

We have been living in a “Matrix” built by our own, inherently self-serving, self-justifying egos, excessively overconsuming everything beyond our necessities, while succeeding, surviving at each other’s expense.

The pandemic — a relatively mild, global blow — was a chance for us to think our whole life over, in order to recognize the need for fundamental changes.

If we miss this opportunity to use the “forced rehab” from Covid to make the right adjustments, next time — very soon — we will receive stronger, more devastating blows in waves until we finally yield and change. Nature’s strict, unchangeable laws that sustain the general balance and homeostasis life depends on will not allow us to return to the “previous normal”.

We will have no other chance but to build “Nature-like” mutual integration between us on a global scale, while we adjust our lives according to the optimal parameters of natural necessities and available resources.

Thus the inevitable changes can happen either through intolerable suffering or by conscious recognition and proactive, methodical changes before the blows.



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.