Hermeneutic and Buddhist Meditations
Edited By David W. Jardine, Christopher Gilham and Graham McCaffrey
Chapter Twenty-Six: Happiness in Bricks
Happiness IN Bricks
ALEXANDER C. COOK
Maslow (1962/2011) could not have been more right when he developed his Hierarchy of Needs. Humans are a multi-faceted and complex problem, and breaking them down was his analytical response to ease that complexity. That is a kind of response that can only be found in a moment of true Self-Actualization.
For the rest of us, we can be found scattered between Physiology, Safety, Belonging, and Esteem. Moments of victory bring us closer and closer to the seemingly mythical Self-Actualization, while pain is the great destroyer—tearing us back down to our most basic elements, and back to the foundations of Maslow’s Pyramid.
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