Today’s stark choice between division and cooperation

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readAug 2, 2022

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Question from the Internet:

“What is the problem of a divided people?”

The problem with divided people is that division — when people act against each other instead of cooperating — is literally against life.

When we look at Nature’s finely balanced and mutually integrated system and how life is created and nurtured in Nature, we can see that “life” is a mutual flow of energy and communication; it is seamless mutual cooperation between diverse and seemingly incompatible elements.

And while inherently, we see ourselves as uniquely independent, “standalone” beings that desire to do whatever they want and thrive on succeeding at each other’s expense, human beings are just as creatures of Nature as everything else in the system.

Although our fierce and prideful individuality has helped drive human development to great heights so far, we have become self-destructive in the globally integrated and fully interdependent Natural system we exist in.

If we continue our individualistic, egocentric and exploitative way of life, we will enter into wars and total socio-economic collapse, and we will have no ability to comprehend and solve the mounting global problems that threaten our collective existence.

Choosing cooperation instead of division does not mean erasing or even suppressing our individual uniqueness. We do not have to give up our competitive spirit and insatiable desire for more and greater pleasures.

All we have to do is learn how to channel and harness our urges for the benefit and well-being of the whole human collective and the whole Natural system we are also integral parts of.

We need a unique, purposeful and highly practical educational method that can help us understand and “viscerally” feel how inevitably integrated and interdependent we are. We need to sense “ on our flesh” what we gain by choosing cooperation instead of division and what we lose if we continue to follow our selfish and egoistic instincts.

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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.