What is the connection between crisis and the meaning of life?

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readMay 22, 2022

Question from the Internet:

“How do we make meaning in a world where chaotic collapse looms every day?”

Actually, problems and looming collapse help us in this. When everything goes well we never ask about any “meaning” since we just simply enjoy what we have. This is how our nature works.

We are driven by an insatiable desire for fulfilment and pleasure for ourselves and when this desire is fulfilled we do not ask questions but we behave like a baby that has just been fed.

When things do not go well and we are failing in whatever we try to do, it is then that we start asking about “Why?!”, about the meaning and purpose of the things that happen to us.

The present collapse of our modern society — following the long, recurring chain of vicious historic cycles — is intended to awaken masses of people with this question about the meaning and purpose of our Human life. We never actually explored the question of why we are called Human, and if we have any unique role or purpose in Nature’s evolutionary system.

Why are we more developed than animals, why did we develop differently from other developed primates and what is our truly Human potential?

Is life truly only about trying to fulfil our desires about food, sex, family, wealth, fame, control and knowledge? Can we truly measure and define life through material possessions and monetary worth?

If we did not have our very unpleasant and truly hopeless state when we not only do not look forward to the future but fear it, we would not start asking these questions.

But we actually have a unique, evolutionary Human purpose that is predetermined in Nature’s system, and unless we consciously and proactively start researching and then fulfilling it, then we will have to go through ever-worsening crisis scenarios and intolerable suffering until we start searching for the right answers.



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.