Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

The most common use of Maslow’s five-level Hierarchy of Needs is to propose that a person’s basic needs be met before expecting them to act on higher levels. Get them (1) fed, clothed, and bedded down before expecting them to sober up. Then, a person needs a safe and secure environment (2), before they can experience belonging (3) and true friendship. In turn, love (4) produces confidence, self-esteem, achievement, self-respect, and a respect for others. And, finally, once all this other stuff is covered, a person can get moral (5), creative, spontaneous, free from prejudice, problem-solving, and accepting of facts.

Seems like a long and involved process, this living thing, but many people leave out a few steps to get to the big fifth level, the self-actualization. O.K., ALL people take shortcuts, but the smaller the shortcuts one takes, the better.  Oftentimes, though, it’s easier than you think to get there, to get clear, especially over time.

What is it you’re looking for?

To know it again, as if for the first time.

It’s astounding: the lag time on this. It turns a paperboy into a tomb raider.

Why is the baby lying there in the manger? A film by fatherland brain.