What’s wrong with socialism — and any other ideology, system we have tried so far?

Question from the Internet:

“How does socialism affect the independent spirit, creativity, and initiative of individuals over time? How does society grow?”

The way socialism, communism has been tried so far, stifles individual spirit, creativity and slows down the development of society, as we believe that in order to maintain peace, create equality we need to suppress our main engine, our fiercely, proudly individualistic, egoistic nature that thrives on competition, thrives on selfish fulfillment.

Of course, we also know, that when we have “raw capitalism” when we let our inherent nature run rampant without any control, we have exploitation, control, dictatorial leadership and we always end up with a small minority ruling over, exploiting, and using the masses.

Actually, we end up with the same “pyramid” even when we try socialism or communism as our inherent nature overcomes us whatever ideology system we use, and the “stronger” always “feast on the weaker” at the end.

So is there no solution?!

Fortunately, there is.

Instead of building human societies based on our own arbitrary ideologies, philosophies, regions that are always serving the egocentric, subjective egos, we need to learn from Nature how to build human societies — based on the template Nature’s fully integrated, living systems use.

When we rebuild human relationships, the fabric society similarly to Nature’s living networks, we achieve the perfect scenario, where each and every person — like cells in the body — can find their most optimal role, purpose in the network, all fully using, exercising their unique, irreplaceable and irrepressible qualities, abilities for the sake, for the wellbeing of the whole collective, while all also, justly, proportionately receiving everything they deserve and need in order to maintain that most optimal, mutually responsible and mutually complementing contribution.

Human beings are integral parts of Nature — regardless of whether we understand or accept this or not. Nature’s strict and unforgiving laws — that govern the general balance and homeostasis life depends on — are obligatory for us as well. Thus we will have no other choice but to reorganize human society according to Nature’s template.

First, we will do this in order to simply survive, then we will also understand and tangibly feel that by reaching similarity to Nature’s integral, life-giving and life-sustaining system we can enjoy a qualitatively much higher, collective Human existence, beyond all the pitfalls, and limitations that originate from our present egocentric and subjective worldview and attitude.

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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.