The purpose of Human life is to learn and achieve peace

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readMay 19, 2022

Question from the Internet:

““The goal is peace” what is your explanation for this?”

As long as we look at “peace” as the “lack of war” we will not understand this. And by default, we cannot look at it in any different way.

Our default nature is the nature of war. Our inherently egocentric, self-serving, control-freak internal software constantly incites ruthless competition and a need to survive and succeed at the expense of others. We instinctively define ourselves in comparison to others, our self-esteem depends on proving ourselves higher, stronger, better, more powerful and wealthier than others.

We simply do not know any other type of existence than this, so for us, “peace” means the temporary pauses within the endless chain of recurring wars and conflicts.

On the other hand, “true peace” in nature’s system means wholeness, a unique, finely balanced, mutual integration and mutually responsible cooperation between vastly diverse and seemingly incompatible parts and elements. In Nature this wholeness, “true peace” creates and sustains the general, dynamic balance and homeostasis that life depends on.

Since human beings are also integral parts of Nature’s system — after all we are born from Nature, we exist in and still evolve with Nature — the goal of human existence is to become part of Nature’s overall, “true peace” or wholeness.

The huge difference between humanity and the rest of Nature is that we have to achieve “true peace” consciously, willingly and proactively above and against our instinctive nature. It is specifically this conscious adaptation to Nature’s peace that will make us “truly Human”, beings that become similar to Nature actively, by their own efforts above and against their instinctive existence.

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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.