What characterizes a “naturally evil” person?

Zsolt Hermann
1 min readJan 22, 2023

Question from the Internet:

“What characterizes a “naturally evil” person?”

I am sorry if this answer is a shock, but we are all born “naturally evil”.

We are all born with an inherently self-serving, self-justifying, egocentric, and individualistic nature. Knowingly or unknowingly, we all strive to survive and succeed at the expense of others, gaining at their expense, while we try to accumulate and consume everything only for ourselves.

It does not matter if we are aware of this or agree with it. We are all “programmed” the same way.

Our aspirations, the depth of our “hunger” to get what we want, and our willingness to sacrifice everything and everybody to get what we want are different. This creates the apparent layering of human society to more and less egotistic people, which we interpret as the separation between the “evil” and the “good” parts of society.

But what we are observing is simply the most selfish and egoistic people reaching the peak of the human pyramid of society above the less – but still – selfish and egoistic masses.

There will be no change in our behavior and the development of human society – towards seemingly inevitable self-destruction – until we all know our nature and develop a need and willingness to change ourselves – each person changing oneself.

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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.