We can change the course of history — together!

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readNov 27, 2020

Question from the Internet:

“If you had the power to change the course of history in the world, what would you do and why?”

I agree with you. It is time we snapped out of the helplessly recurring historic vicious cycles, where we keep building new civilizations only to destroy them again each and every time.

Today we are in the “end-game”, dead-end of our own civilization. We stubbornly tried to cover the tracks and sweep the very obvious problems under the carpet for decades, hoping for some miraculous recovery, but the pandemic gave us the last stab with the knife, removing any chance of pretense, cosmetic surgery, pulling the plug from the “life-support machine”.

But in order to change the course of history, to take our fate into our own hands — instead of blindly, instinctively stumbling from one vicious cycle to another, from one crisis to another — we need to know what was wrong before and how we can correct that wrong.

The “wrong” that causes all our problems is the inherently egocentric, self-serving, increasingly individualistic, and exploitative nature that drives each and every Human being. It is true that we also have a tendency, ability to connect, care for each other, even sacrifice ourselves for others, but by default such altruistic abilities, Natur-like tendencies are overruled by the selfish ego and come through only occasionally in unique circumstances.

This is why we inevitably distort, corrupt whatever ideology, systems we hope to implement (not to mention that even the ideas, plans are directed by the ego), until everything falls apart as the selfish, egotistic, individualistic tendencies prevent, break the connections between people and nations.

If we want to escape this recurring, self-destructive process we would need to learn how to awaken, reinforce, strengthen our “Nature-like”, selfless, altruistic tendencies to neutralize, complement the ego and use its power for positive, constructive goals, purposes.

This is a complex, gradual process, requiring a special environment and a very unique, purposeful, and practical method so we could overcome and come to use the ego differently — while the original ego constantly resists and tries to sabotage our attempts.

The changes will happen, we will change and take under our control history and our fate. We have no other choice as with our present, “cancer-like” nature we will sleepwalk into such a global meltdown that might wipe most of Humanity out. On the other hand even if a small, “critical mass” (10–15% of any given population, society) of people starts the necessary, purposeful, and methodical changes, they will be able to pull Humanity towards a better, safer, more prosperous and qualitatively much higher, COLLECTIVE Human existence.

From this, it is also clear that I do not have the power to change the course of history, but together we do have that power!

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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.