What destroys human societies?

Zsolt Hermann
1 min readOct 2, 2022

Question from the Internet:

“Is it people’s belief in a utopia that destroys societies?”

No. Regardless of what we believe in — or which ideologies, philosophies or religions we follow — we destroy societies with our inherently self-serving, self-justifying, individualistic and exploitative nature.

Thus, egoistic human nature has been driving the helplessly recurring historical cycles where we keep building and then destroying societies and civilizations.

And since our all-powerful, all-controlling, and insatiable egos have been growing and intensifying through history, so now, in our generation, we have reached a very real threat of human self-destruction.

This can come through wars, total socio-economic collapse, or from our total inability to comprehend and solve global problems since we only think about and make calculations for ourselves — at the expense of others.

This is why any solution or “escape” from this seemingly inevitable self-destruction must start with a brutally honest recognition of our nature. And when we also accept that we need to change ourselves — instead of always blaming, censoring, correcting and destroying others — and develop a true need for that self-change, only then will things change towards something positive!

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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.