Maslow's Hierarchy Of Needs is something that we all have to deal with. In terms of maturity, it's actually quite accurate. However, is there more to this concept than just the individual human? Is it possible that as a species we grow in a similar manner? Physiological problems are the first round of issues we solved in order to survive.
We need shelter from the elements, and from others that would wish to harm us. Food is required to keep the body going in order to reproduce and protect ourselves from harm. Relationships with others help us to build strong connections on an emotional level, which gives us purpose to keep finding better solutions.
Being a productive member of our community is important to us because we want to feel accepted and respected. Once we achieve a level of respect and self-worth, we should seek to continue improving ourselves by considering how our actions affect others. We seek to create a sense of enjoyment of our company for those around us, and to try and see the good in all of those around us.
These concepts are deeply rooted in every self-help book, every "better yourself" talk, and every person trying to give an impression of wisdom. But do we really hold these ideas to be true as a species? Well, I would argue at this stage we do not. We are at best at a level of Safety as far as how we treat the world as a whole.
I have covered before that we are still potentially a species in it's infancy. Without getting too political, I urge everyone to take a look at the way we treat our problems and issues. Most do not think of the morality or true impact of how government solves problems like poverty, natural rights, entitlement, crime, and even how the government itself runs. There is far more concern with solving the problems, than whether these things can truly be solved in a moral or practical manner.
In terms of the hierarchy, if we truly with to solve these problems we cannot be thinking on one level. We must consider the moral and practical implications of what we want. As a whole we must accept that ideology cannot solve the problems we must face. So the real question is, which level are you on in our Hierarchy of Intelligent Life? Do you think purely in terms of ideology, or the way it SHOULD be? Or can you remove your ideal situation and look at it for what it really is?
A wise man once said: "We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them." So consider for a moment, trying a different level of thinking. You may be surprised at what you find.
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