Oh good lord! The talking in circles and throwing up red herrings is truly more than I can bear. The only hierarchies that are problematic are hierarchies of domination. Other types of hierarchies may in fact be beneficial.

Yes, I do know that you as a human being and all other humans need all of these things. That’s not actually in dispute. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

  • Self-actualization — includes morality, creativity, problem solving, etc.
  • Esteem — includes confidence, self-esteem, achievement, respect, etc.
  • Belongingness — includes love, friendship, intimacy, family, etc.
  • Safety — includes security of environment, employment, resources, health, property, etc.

Of course, what counts as achievement or family to you might be slightly different for someone else, but the basics of safety and health and the like have fairly base-line definitions — as do the others, but there is just a bit more wiggle room.

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