What is the greatest global challenge?

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readApr 12, 2022

Question from the Internet:

“If you could solve any global challenge, which would you solve first and why?”

The greatest global challenge is learning how to live adapted to the globally integrated and interdependent world.

We already know that we evolved into a global world, which is inevitably and irrevocably interconnected, where we all depend on each other even for basic, day to day existence. We are constantly receiving examples, proof of this through events like the pandemic, climate change, wars, and economic crises.

Still, we try to live and ‘solve” our mounting problems through the same egocentric, subjective, exploitative calculations and methods as always.

The global world is like sitting on the same boat, it does not matter around, underneath whom there is a leak on the wall of the boat, if the boat sinks we all drown.

True solutions for global problems can be found only through positive, sustainable, mutually responsible and mutually complementing interconnections and cooperation — which is directly against our inherent nature, our inherent attitude towards others.

This is why the only true solution for our global challenge is the right, purposeful and highly practical education. This education can not only help us understand what it means to live in a global, integral world, but it can also give us true, “visceral” emotional impressions about our total interdependence, also making us feel what we gain by willingly consciously uniting and what we lose if we do not do so.

Learning how to co-exist and cooperate in a global world has nothing to do with our arbitrary, misguided human ideologies, philosophies and religions. We have to learn and follow Nature’s strict, unchanging and unforgiving laws if we want to survive evolution — where the “fittest” is that one that integrates.

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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.