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Summary of Maslow on Self-Transcendence

John G. Messerly

Reason and Meaning

February 04, 2017

It is quite true that [we live] by bread alone—when there is no bread. But what happens to [our] desires when there is plenty of bread and when [our bellies are] chronically filled?
~ Abraham Maslow


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Posted by instamatic  on  02/04  at  06:27 PM

Total wholehearted and unconflicted love, acceptance … rather than the more usual mixture of love and hate that passes for “love” or friendship or sexuality or authority or power, etc.

Profound. Would have to think long about the above.
IMO at the apex, above self-actualization, would be reproduction. Am about 99.9 percent sure of this: in a Darwinian world, it makes abundant sense. Maslow’s other five levels would hypothetically be the stepping stones to reproduction of the individual, and thus the species.

Posted by John G Mess  on  02/07  at  01:09 PM

don’t think you would need self-actualization or self-transcendance to reproduce.

Posted by instamatic  on  02/07  at  04:39 PM

To reproduce successfully, yes.

A crack baby is an example of an unsuccessful reproduction; whereas a self-actualized/self-transcending person would tend to reproduce more successfully. Maslow’s pyramid infers an individual’s progress in life—not lack thereof. This pyramid is a pyramid of function, not dysfunction.
What progress is made by people reproducing in hovels?: they may not even be physiologically stable: thus safety, love/belonging, esteem and self-actualization are levels they never reach. Their reproduction might be said to be unsuccessful.

At any rate, Maslow perceived a pyramid based on a sociological perspective; I’m adding a different apex.

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