We have to be careful with what we wish for

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readMay 10, 2021

Question from the internet:

“Why won’t people accept the fact that we have too many humans on Earth? Are they afraid to accept that we must exterminate a significant amount of the third world populations?”

I would like to ask you, based on what standard can we make such a judgement?

How do we how many people should be living in the world?

And is it truly the third world population who needs to be exterminated?

After all besides the number of people our “footprint” — our consumption — is much more important, as that is putting the unnecessary strain on societies and on Nature’s reach resources.

As a result — looking at our consumption, the accumulation of resources — it is actually the population living in developed countries — responsible for the overwhelming majority of energy and resource consumption in the world — that would need culling.

Probably the world would do much better by erasing Western societies and everything connected to them.

We can see the enormous benefit Nature enjoyed when our societies stopped their production — mostly serving Western societies — as a result of the quarantine.

Since we are integral parts of Nature’s system and the natural laws determining the life giving balance, homeostasis are obligatory to us as well, Nature will adjust, “cull" whatever is necessary to return humanity within Nature’s homeostasis. The pandemic is only the start in this process.

So I think we have to be careful about what we wish for.

Perhaps it would be better if we willingly, consciously, methodically revised our lifestyle and lowered, trimmed our production/consumption footprint until we adapt ourselves to Nature’s optimal parameters of natural necessities/available resources.

The moment we consciously integrate into Nature by achieving at least a certain compatibility with its integration, balance, we will fully understand our unique Human role in the system and how much we can consume, we could even feel what the optimal number of people in the world would be.




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.