Will the world be different after the Covid-19 pandemic?

Zsolt Hermann
3 min readApr 30, 2020


Chance For Change

I very much hope the world will be different when the pandemic is under control, and that it will be a world we will like.

For that to happen we will need to take our development into our own hands instead of continuing stumbling from crisis to crisis, sinking into worsening states all the time as we blindly follow our inherently self-serving, self-justifying, excessively consuming nature which is behind all the recurring vicious cycles of Human history.

The Covid-19 virus and the lockdown provided us with a very unique - unprecedented in history - pause, thinking time to review our Human system, accept, understand how we were already heading for a global meltdown even before the pandemic, and that by simply returning to the same type of lifestyle we will continue to sleepwalk into even greater disasters.

Instinctive Reaction

By looking at world leaders, the instinctive reactions from the public - storming McDonald’s, holding their Big Mac’s over their heads like trophies in New Zealand as soon as the most serious restrictions were lifted - most people don’t understand yet the need if change.

But as the unfolding socio-economic crisis will bite, the need for change will become more obvious.

Still 8 billion people won’t change overnight, most will not understand the historic turning point we are at for a long time.
This is not their fault, after all we have been brought up, educated, brainwashed for decades that this - excessive production, consumption, ruthless competition, survival at the expense of others - is the only way we can live, advance, even if this is acting like cancer in Nature’s fully integrated, interdependent system which is now pressuring us - Humanity as single species - to become compatible with it.

Building In, By A Small Conscious Minority

But there are already millions of people who were ready for changes even before the pandemic, and after seeing the self-destructive effect of the individualistic, nationalistic, uncoordinated and contradictory reactions to the virus - while observing how Nature recovers, repairs itself immediately as Humanity retreats - they feel very strongly that we need to change how we relate to each other and the Natural system we live in.

This conscious minority has a chance to prepare that better world, building “from below” - based on a special, purposeful and practical educational method - using mutually responsible, mutually complementing Human connections, cooperation as the basic infrastructure, following Nature’s perfect template to succeed in comparison to the previous, present, proud and egotistic Human systems.

The world will change this way or that way, since there is no chance of returning to the old way of life, it had no right to exist against Nature’s iron laws sustaining balance and homeostasis - without which life is impossible.
But with the sharp stop and concomitant thinking time, the virus gave us the opportunity to make this new way of life a conscious, proactive, positive and constructive one, above and against our inherent instincts.



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.