posted on Jul, 16 2007 @ 11:17 PM
Biggie smalls- Should have known that you would post such a fabulous thread, my friend.
I have stacks of poetry books ranging from about age 15 to now, 27 years old. I always thought I was alone with my 'life questioning' my constant
observing, analysing each situation, and my response and reasoning whithin the scheme of it all. No one around me, ever seemed to share this
particular 'hobbie' of mine, and I felt alone in my journey. Therefore, it made my questioning and analysing a misfortune in my eyes, maybe a great
punishment, or my personal challenge.
But now, as long as I accept the 'truth' within my heart, and I act upon my spiritual knowlege and humanly understanding, I can look myself in the
mirror at night. I am my only judge here in this 'journey', and I am simply judgeing because I owe my spirit, my being, my soul to a far greater
judge than I.
My name is Elizabeth. My Mom wanted to name me Jacquiline, but didnt because, "he would never remember how to spell it, it's too complicated." And,
honestly, I dont think I spelt it right myself But, one day they were in some random town on the way to VT, and they called, "Come on Beffer
(Beth- Bef- Beffer), the shop clerck said, "Whatcha call her, Pepper?" And so I answer to Pepper often. Does this have anything to do with me,
myself, who I am? Other than the humor in the nicknames, ect., No not at all.
Many people in life keep a secret war within themselves hidden from others, and often from thyself. They cant face themselves as 'who they are.'
They either have no clue, they are scared to find out, or they know, but have little, if not any intention of changing their 'vices'. It's scary,
You are who you are destined to be; who you have been of yesterdays; what you have learned around and within you; your efforts and dedication to
present surrounding in being true to your soul, and your quest to spread knowledge and love to all that you can.
This is Maslow's hierarchy of motivations, There are 5 basic 'human needs'; 1. physiological needs, 2. safety needs, 3. belongingness, and love
needs 4. esteem needs, 5. self-actualization needs.
It is a critiqued theory in different lights. Yet, the concept was very interesting, and 'generaly' applicable in my everyday life. Especially
Maslows ideas of a 'self acctualize individual. I believe he considered Elenor Roosevelt as one of the very few people in his life understanding, of
fitting the example of a 5th level role.
So, who are we?
Self-actualization is the instinctual need of humans to make the most of their abilities and to strive to be the best they can.
Self Actualization is the intrinsic growth of what is already in the organism, or more accurately, of what the organism is.
Maslow writes the following of self-actualizing people:
They embrace the facts and realities of the world (including themselves) rather than denying or avoiding them.
They are spontaneous in their ideas and actions.
They are creative.
They are interested in solving problems; this often includes the problems of others. Solving these problems is often a key focus in their lives.
They feel a closeness to other people, and generally appreciate life.
They have a system of morality that is fully internalized and independent of external authority.
They have discernment and are able to view all things in an objective manner.
In short, self-actualization is reaching one's fullest potential. Very few people reach this level, two percent to be exact.
According to Maslow, the tendencies of self-actualizing people are as follows:
efficient perception of reality
freshness of appreciation
philosophical sense of humor
deep interpersonal relationships
democratic character structure
need for solitude
acceptance of self, others, nature
resistance to enculturation - identity with humanity[/external]