Why can’t people unite?

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readJun 27, 2022

Question from the Internet:

“Why don’t the people of the world make an effort to unite? Are the states of the united world where each state is a state just utopia?”

We tend to unite when war or collective suffering forces us to unite, but as our individualistic ego intensifies the suffering needed to unite us also grows.

As we saw a moderate pandemic like we are having now is already not enough to understand that we need to unite and cooperate to solve it and the growing effects of climate change are also not enough to force a deeper collective understanding and cooperation to lessen the effects of the problem.

So we might need a 3rd World War, a nuclear holocaust or a total collapse of our present human system to make us understand that we are a single, mutually integrated and interdependent organism.

The problem is that unity, mutual responsibility, and making calculations for the benefit of the whole collective above personal benefit is against our inherently egocentric, subjective and individualistic nature. This is why either we need terrible and intolerable suffering to “convince us” about the survival necessity of global unity, or we need a very special, purposeful and practical educational method.

Such a method could help us not only understand but also “viscerally” feel how interdependent we are and how much our personal state, health, success and survival are intimately intertwined with the state, health, success and survival of everybody else.

Only when we actually, tangibly feel this “in our bones” can we start acting above our instinct, naturally accepting to survival need to mutually complement and help each other. This is what education has to achieve instead of waiting for suffering to move us towards unity.



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.