The pandemic is a wake-up call

Question from the Internet:

“The pandemic has affected our nation for almost two years. Considering your critical thinking skills, how can you make the world a better place to live in?”

The pandemic came as a wake-up call, to help us rethink our lives and start changing direction.

Most of the people ignored this wake-up call, like when we do not want to get up in the morning so we silence the alarm clock or throw it away.

But this “alarm” is coming from Nature’s merciless system and if we do not wake up much harsher, more urging calls will come.

We should have learned through the pandemic — and through all the other global problems threatening our existence — what we have been talking about for a long time anyway: that we have evolved into a globally integrated and interdependent world. Not as something man-made, but as part of Nature’s evolution, forcing Humanity — as a single species in Nature — to become integrated into the system as all other parts of Nature.

With our inherently self-serving, self-justifying, egocentric, and exploitative nature, we have been the outsiders, aliens within Nature’s integrated, finely balanced body for long. But in our generation, we have reached a critical threshold, beyond which humanity’s incompatibility cannot be tolerated any longer.

BY blindly following our instincts we behave like cancer towards each other and towards Nature. Now we are in a state, that if we do not cure this human cancer, we will not survive.

Thus we have to start using our unique human intellect, capable of critical self-assessment and initiating self-changes. We all have to start willingly, consciously changing our own lifestyle, behavior, attitude towards each other and Nature — instead of trying to change others and the world around us.

This time we do not have a choice about changing, as we are not invited, coerced by some arbitrary human ideology, philosophy, or religion. We are forced to change or die by Nature’s strict, unchanging, unforgiving laws.

Thus our free choice relates only to the manner of the changes, either through intolerable suffering or by conscious, willing, proactive participation by our own efforts.

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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.