We can only solve problems when we get to know ourselves

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readJan 5, 2021


Question from the Internet:

“What do you think about this quote "Modern society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyles"?”

I think it is true 100%.

Our present lifestyle — excessively overconsuming, ruthlessly competitive, succeeding at each other’s and Nature’s expense — is the lifestyle of cancer, destroying everything including itself.

It is not only the ecological problems that originate from our lifestyle, but also ask the socioeconomic problems that plague us.

The problem is that even if we accept it, we can’t correct our lifestyle without checking the root cause of the problem. And at this stage — as well through history — we always tried correcting things on the superficial, governing, economic, political, social level. And we fail again and again.

The root cause, the reason why we live like cancer towards each other and towards Nature is our inherently egocentric, self-serving, self-justifying nature. We are born with a selfish, exploitative Human ego which is the only difference between Humans and other developed primates.

This ego is neither sinful nor is it evil - after all we didn’t have any choice about the “software" we are born with - but without learning how to harness, control its irrepressible power it remains destructive.

Thus before it is too late — at the time when we are collectively, blindly marching towards total self-destruction on multiple levels — we need to recognize our ego, all the desires, intentions that truly drive us without shame, regrets. Then we will be able to learn how to channel, harness the ego in all of us towards positive, constructive, collective goals, purposes.

Then when we a result of changing ourselves, changing how we relate to each other in a “Nature-like", mutually responsible, mutually complementing, integral manner, we will start to understand how Nature works and apply its template to Human society.




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.