What is the greatest threat to humanity?

Question from the Internet:

“What is the greatest threat to humanity in 2022?”

The greatest threat to humanity is our total inability to build connections and cooperation above our diversity and differences.

As the pandemic and our woeful and ineffective responses to other global issues like climate change show, even when our life seemingly depends on it we cannot rise above instinctive distrust and animosity, we cannot overcome our inherent tendency to survive and succeed at each other’s expense.

We keep talking about a global world, we keep talking about interdependence, but at the same time, we make all the calculations, decisions and actions for ourselves, in a good case ignoring others or mostly trying to solve “our problems” at their expense.

But in this globally integrated and interdependent world any problem-solving starts with mutually responsible and mutually complementing connections and cooperation. When we are literally sitting on the same, already half-sunken global boat, we can’t keep drilling holes underneath others, because the whole boat is sinking and we are all going to drown.

Unless we can willingly, consciously and proactively learn how to build mutual integration above and against our instinctive nature, we will not survive the natural evolution that drives the whole system toward a most optimal mutual integration.

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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.