We are catering for needs, but what are the needs based on?!

We can look at Human actions as attempting to “meet needs”. After all our “matter” is a desire for fulfillment, we constantly chase fulfillment for our perceived needs.

The question is what those needs are based on.

Our present society lives according to excessive, artificially inflated needs according to “aggregate demand”. Our system is based on constant material growth, never-ending profit, everything is measured by material wealth, accumulation of possessions, even Human beings are valued according to monetary figures, “how much one is worth” in dollars.

This Human paradigm is incompatible with Nature’s integral system where “growth” is measured through mutual interconnections, the depth, strength of integration, and the circulation of energy, communication through those connections.

So we are sinking into an ever-growing crisis that affects all our activities due to this incompatibility. The pandemic and the quarantine — together with the evolving socio-economic crisis — acts as a “forced rehab” from the side of Nature’s system. It is showing us how non-essential most of our production and consumption is, forcing us towards natural necessities/available resources based lifestyle.

If we are wise, we will consciously, proactively, and methodically adjust our needs to such optimal parameters instead of allowing Nature to trim all the excesses while we stubbornly want to return to the previous artificial system, encountering perpetual crisis, societal breakdown even wars in the process.



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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.