The unity and diversity of life

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readMar 25


Question from the Internet:

“What does “unity and diversity of life” mean?”

Our biological body can give us a clear insight into this.

Life of the body is the result of the selfless, mutually responsible, and mutually complementing coexistence and cooperation of myriads of highly diverse and seemingly incompatible cells, organs, subsystems, and even the “non-human” microbiome.

What provides the actual flow of light into this mutual connection and cooperation is a different matter, but that flow and the fact and sense of life would not be possible without the mutual integration of the vastly diverse elements into a single living organism.

Then we can extrapolate this template to the whole system of nature, expanding not only through the planet but through the whole Universe.

Obviously, in our body, and even throughout the Universe, this mutual integration developed and unfolded “automatically”, as a result of certain developing forces and evolution’s relentless plan driving the vast and diverse system in a way that unity creates life.

Now imagine, what human beings — vastly diverse and obviously incompatible, constantly warring, hateful and ruthlessly competing individuals — could achieve, if we built a global human society based on nature’s mutually integrated template!

Imagine what sort of collective consciousness, a composite and truly objective perception of reality we could achieve and what a sense of existence we could develop!

We are standing at the crossroads of human evolution, at the border between blind and instinctive development and a new, completely conscious, and “truly Human” development where a new, united, and mutually integrated human organism forms from billions of self-serving and self-justifying cancer cells.

We are now starting the greatest breakthrough and revolution of natural evolution, by actually becoming “Human beings”, the peak of natural evolution through our own efforts, harnessing and partnering nature’s developing forces and evolution.



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.