What are the “ten commandments” that could help us build a better world?

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readFeb 2, 2023

Question from the Internet:

“If there absolutely HAD to be ten commandments for the global community to obey, what would be the best ten?”

I think that the “original” ten commandments, which amount to a single, all-encompassing commandment are enough to keep. If we understood that single commandment and learned how to keep it, we could transform the world and our whole existence.

That single most important and all-encompassing commandment is“love your friend as yourself” or “love your neighbor as yourself”. Everything else, the whole Torah that gives us this single commandment is simple explanations and preparations to reach and fulfill this single commandment.

Why do we need to be “commanded” to love others as ourselves?

Because, by default, we can love only ourselves. Inherently we are all driven by a 100% self-serving, self-justifying, and individualistic consciousness, of nature, and a corresponding, 100% egocentric and subjective perception of reality.

We can’t see or perceive anything beyond self-interest, beyond whatever serves our introverted “pleasure/pain” calculations. We instinctively hoard, accumulate, and consume everything only for ourselves, beyond our necessities, which are necessities we are not even aware of. Knowingly or unknowingly, we all survive and succeed at the expense of others and nature.

Only when we learn how to love and serve others, at least to the extent we serve and love ourselves can we build a human world, that is similar to nature’s life-creating and life-nourishing system and live in peaceful, equitable, healthy, and sustainable societies.

This is something we need to learn and implement above and against our instinctive nature, above and against our ego that cannot be suppressed or erased. We can do this through a unique, purposeful, and highly practical educational and scientific method that helps us not only to understand but to viscerally feel our total interdependence and that it is in our best interest to serve and promote the well-being of the whole system since our individual life, health, and success is totally intertwined with it.

When we come to understand and tangibly and irrevocably feel that we are all individual cells of the same living organism which organism literally lives or dies together, then it will not be difficult to “love others as ourselves” since there will be no “others” only a single, collective “self”.

The other, crucially important reason why only education can achieve this, is that people won’t change or obey anything out of being forced or being misled by false propaganda. People need to “buy into” and willingly execute the necessary self-changes by knowing and feeling without any doubts that what they agree to is in their best interest.

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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.