We are all the same inside

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readMar 25, 2023

Question from the Internet:

“Why are all human beings despicable and all the same regardless of the culture they come from?”

We are all the same in our “inner nature”, in relation to the engine that drives us.

We are all born with an inherently self-serving, self-justifying, egocentric desire to receive pleasures for ourselves at all costs. This insatiable and ever-growing desire for selfish fulfillment drives us all the time, makes us overconsume everything, and succeeds at the expense of each other and nature.

This driving force, the inner engine then dresses into different forms, which we see as individual qualities, culture, nationality, or gender. But under this external clothing, we are all the same.

It is true, that when we look at the world when we look at human history and our own civilization, we are despicable, we exist and behave like cancer, and we reached a very realistic threshold of self-destruction.

On the other hand, we are not responsible for the inner nature or internal software nature’s evolution created us. We did not choose to be born with this insatiable and addictive desire for selfish pleasures to drive all of our desires and calculations all the time.

But we have also received the uniquely human ability to look at ourselves “from the side”, to critically observe and judge ourselves. We can even come to rejecting and hating our inherent nature so much that we can develop a true and irrepressible desire to change ourselves and develop a new, second, and opposite nature and intention in us.

We can become the opposite of what we are born to, we can become selfless, unconditional, mutually responsible, and mutually complementing parts or cells of a single human living organism, where we all exist for the sake of others and the natural system.

And when we achieve this, willingly and consciously by our own efforts, then we will not only safeguard our collective survival in nature’s fully integrated and interdependent system, but we will also become “truly Human” beings instead of the instinctive and blind “humanoids” we are right now.

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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.