Thursday, July 29

The Need for Love


We need love, and to ensure love, we need to have full employment, and we need social justice. We need gender equity. We need freedom from hunger. These are our most fundamental needs as social creatures.

David Suzuki

I read this quote on Facebook and went back to get it for this post. The only thing Suzuki mentioned in this quote that is a basic physical need is "freedom from hunger." It reminds me of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

Suzuki's quote didn't enumerate "our most fundamental needs as social creatures" in any kind of order similar to Maslow's thinking. Maybe Maslow's hierarchy of needs is why we haven't moved any further than safety and physiological needs.

To be able to ensure freedom from hunger, we have to be able to have a stable living situation, an adequate income, and open access to food. This is something the world is still working to accomplish.

"To ensure love, we must ensure full employment, and we need social justice." I never thought of this connection, but until our situations are stable, we don't have the energy to worry about anyone else but ourselves and our families. In my thinking, gender equity and social justice for the rest of us go together somewhat.

I always thought everything started with love, but if this quote has any truth to it, maybe we need to focus on financial issues like full employment before we can truly love and care for the more needy. Maslow puts safety and physiological needs before belonging and love too. Maybe we're going about life the wrong way. I don't know how I feel about this approach, but I'd love to hear how you all feel. This has made me think. Maybe it will do the same for you.

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