What are the implications of existing in a global, interdependent world?

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readMay 23, 2022

Question from the Internet:

“Should our country’s needs come before greater needs in other countries?”

We can find the right answer to this question only when we fully understand, moreover feel, what it means that we evolved into a globally integrated and totally interdependent world.

By default, we are all instinctively self-serving, self-justifying subjective and individualistic/nationalistic. We all try to secure our own survival and success at the expense of others. Human society — regardless of what ideologies we use — is built on ruthless competition, raising the self and the nation of the self above all. This is how we function by default.

In this globally integrated and interdependent world we have all become like individual cells of the same, living organism.

The health, survival and well-being of any individual are intricately intertwined with the health, survival and well-being of the whole. As long as we behave instinctively, trying to control, manipulate, suppress or destroy others for our own sake, we act like cancer. By hurting others we hurt ourselves, any negative influence we introduce to the integral system will come back to us with multiplied force.

Thus our individual or national need cannot come before the needs of others, since regardless of wanting it, believing it or not, we have all become a single nation, a single human entity where we all have 100% mutual responsibility to each other.

This is something completely unnatural to us, but it is something we will have to learn, practice and implement if we want to survive. As a result of Nature’s laws that sustain the general balance life depends on, and as a result of Nature’s evolution relentlessly progressing towards the most optimal integration of the whole system, we all find ourselves on the same, sinking global boat.

And while we are still busy drilling holes underneath others not understanding that as a result, the whole boat sinks and we all drown, only unprecedented, positive and constructive, mutually responsible and mutually complementing cooperation can safeguard our collective survival and future development.

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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.