Why are we unaware of our inherent nature?

Question from the Internet:

“Why are humans so unaware of their own destructive nature?”

Because our inherent nature is very shrewd indeed.

We are all driven by a 100% self-serving, self-justifying, subjective, and individualistic ego. This ego justifies itself in any given condition, in any given case. In the most extreme situation, when we committed the most obvious crime against others, and even when this crime was caught and proven, our ego will still justify itself and blame others or the circumstances.

We can easily detect this in others, especially in people who are in the public’s eye, but if we are honest and already developed the capability of looking at ourselves ‘from the side”, we can also detect the same behavior and existence in ourselves.

And it does not have to be “great crimes” everybody is talking about. We just need to monitor our thoughts, intentions, and how we relate to others and the world, in general, to notice how everything is about ourselves and how much — from our own viewpoint — we are always righteous and closer to the truth than everybody else.

Nothing is going to change, and we will continue to methodically destroy each other and ourselves as long as we remain imprisoned in our own 100% egocentric and subjective spheres where everything revolves around our “selves” and where we constantly justify everything we do.

Fortunately, a unique method can help us willingly, consciously, and methodically escape our “selves” and acquire a unique, unprecedented, selfless, and objective point of view.

Using that new point of view, above and against the instinctive control of our selfish egos, we can learn how to exist and behave in a positive, constructive, mutually responsible, and mutually complementing manner with other people who also commit themselves to go through the same inner transformation.

This method helps us first recognize our inherent nature in safe and constructive conditions and gives us the tools to change and further develop ourselves. Without using this method, we will need unprecedented and incredible suffering to force us to look into a brutally honest mirror, and the intolerable suffering will coerce us to change.

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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.