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Do we need to be controlled?
March 14, 2018
9:01 am
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Jamie
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What's more disturbing to think, that as a species,we can't survive without government or religion, or that we can, but put up with them anyway? 

We put our faith in these institutions, believing they have our best interests in mind. Yet, everyday, we are reminded by the media of the atrocities they commit. 

As a person myself, I can tell you, I don't need to be told to be a good person to be one. I know right from wrong, as do most of us.  Now, I'm not saying I have a system in mind to replace these ones, nor am I bashing any religious beliefs. I see people accepting the rule of another and I just can't grasp the concept.  Any thoughts?

March 14, 2018
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Jamie,

 

I agree!

 

Bob

March 15, 2018
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Jamie,

 

Maslow's Hierarchy of needs probably explains the reason that many feel the need to be controlled in exchange for meeting their basic requirements:

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This five-stage model can be divided into deficiency needs and growth needs. The first four levels are often referred to as deficiency needs (D-needs), and the top level is known as growth or being needs (B-needs).

Deficiency needs arise due to deprivation and are said to motivate people when they are unmet. Also, the motivation to fulfill such needs will become stronger the longer the duration they are denied. For example, the longer a person goes without food, the more hungry they will become.

Maslow (1943) initially stated that individuals must satisfy lower level deficit needs before progressing on to meet higher level growth needs. However, he later clarified that satisfaction of a needs is not an “all-or-none” phenomenon, admitting that his earlier statements may have given “the false impression that a need must be satisfied 100 percent before the next need emerges” (1987, p. 69).

When a deficit need has been 'more or less' satisfied it will go away, and our activities become habitually directed towards meeting the next set of needs that we have yet to satisfy. These then become our salient needs. However, growth needs continue to be felt and may even become stronger once they have been engaged.

Growth needs do not stem from a lack of something, but rather from a desire to grow as a person. Once these growth needs have been reasonably satisfied, one may be able to reach the highest level called self-actualization.

Every person is capable and has the desire to move up the hierarchy toward a level of self-actualization. Unfortunately, progress is often disrupted by a failure to meet lower level needs. Life experiences, including divorce and loss of a job, may cause an individual to fluctuate between levels of the hierarchy. Therefore, not everyone will move through the hierarchy in a uni-directional manner but may move back and forth between the different types of needs.

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