Friday, March 27, 2015

The Pampered and Privileged Man's Lament

This poor, poor man! Like Kafka's "Josephine", he has to work and not just pipe all day!
I've recently perused the work of Maslow,
who's well-known for his quite perceptive claims:
he says the needs that every person has go
from basic ones like food to higher aims.
The Physiological needs come first - survival
requires us to eat, to drink, to sleep.
When those are met, then Safety starts to rival
them for attention, since we have a deep
desire to be protected. Then comes Love
and Belonging: we need family and friends
to stave off loneliness. And then above
this stage, there's self-Esteem. Our health depends
on these four all being met, so motivation
impels us to Self-actualisation.
- Discoveria, "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs"


FreeThinke said...

Hitler's art is far more attractive –– and makes better sense.

Thersites said...

You don't empathize with perpetually entitled whiners?

FreeThinke said...


-FJ said...

I think that you prefer to "accentuate the positive". ;)

FreeThinke said...

You GOT it! That very recording by Bing and the Andrews Sisters was one of my favorite songs before I went to Kindergarten.

You gotta ac-cen-tu-ate the positive
E-lim-i-nate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't fool with Mister In Between

You' gotta spread Joy up to the maximum
Bring Gloom down to the minimum
Have faith, or Pandemonium's
Likely to enter on the scene

To illustrate that last remark
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
What did they do when everything looked so dark?


My Dad loved that song. We used to sing it together along with the record.

This great stuff from the forties may be light-hearted, but it's NOT as simple-minded as it probably seems to our dumbed-down ears today.