What is the greatest secret we can learn from Nature?

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readJun 13, 2022

Question from the Internet:

Out of all that we can learn from nature’s secrets, in your opinion, what is her best kept, but would be most useful to mankind?

The most important secret of Nature is how it creates, sustains and nurtures life.

In Nature life is created, sustained and nurtured through “true, natural love”, which means that each and every element in Nature selflessly and unconditionally serves the whole system, making calculations for the sake and benefit of the whole system more important than calculations for their “selves”.

Of course, each element — inanimate, vegetative and animate — have its own individual survival reflexes and they all do nothing else but try to sustain their existence and propagate the continuation of their species. But above that, they all keep all the laws and principles that sustain the general balance and homeostasis that is required for life and optimal development to such an extent that this general balance and homeostasis are more important than their individual existence.

Thus when a prey — usually the weakest and least likely to survive — is hunted and is eaten by a predator, it inherently, subconsciously “knows” that it fulfils its role for that general balance, for the necessary circle of life the system is built upon. There are no individual calculations — beyond basic survival — only collective and integral calculations.

Humanity — a single species that is an integral part of Nature — is very different, as in our case subjective, self-serving and self-justifying calculations always overrule collective calculations. We instinctively do not feel and do not keep Nature’s intrinsic “mutual guarantee”. If we want to find a parallel, we behave like cancer, excessively accumulating and consuming everything for ourselves and we keep surviving and succeeding at the expense of others and Nature, even if know that by this we destroy the system that gives us life.

Our “solution” is to colonize other planets and do the same there.

Humanity needs to learn the life-creating and life-sustaining secret of Nature if we want to survive. We need to learn what true, “natural love” is instead of our selfish concept of “love” when we “love” something or somebody as long as it gives us pleasures or some sort of reward.

Our unique Human advantage in Nature is that we have to learn this “natural love” and the “Nature-like” mutual integration through this love above and against our instincts and inherent behaviour.

It is through this contrast, the duality and synthesis between our original and the acquired “Nature-like” existence we will reach and fulfil our very high, predetermined evolutionary Human purpose: to become Nature’s only fully conscious, integrated and at the same time independent observers and equal partners.

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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.