Thursday, July 1, 2021

Freedom is the most important need

Humanistic theory of Abraham Maslow listed basic human needs including socialization and self-actualization. However, it missed IMHO the most important human need: freedom. I believe in the modern society it is most important and most non-satisfied.

1000 years ago people were slaves of each other. Today, nothing changed. Children are slaves of parents at the young age. At least in the morning and in the evening. During the day, they are slaves at school. Then they become adults and fall into slavery of employers. At night, they are slaves for spouses.

Society and government consider all these institutes as normal (schools, jobs, marriage). It is logical because government per se was created as a form of slave owner. However, here we come to oxymoron and can catch government with its logic: apart from death penalty, the most serious sentence for a crime is imprisonment, i. e. restriction of freedom. In the prison, a man has everything he needs to be happy as per Abraham Maslow: food, social friends, ability for self-actualization etc. Still, imprisonment is the hardest penalty because of lack of freedom.

Today, we are all addicts of money. We sell our souls into slavery for money. We are though to do that. In the childhood, parents teach to study well to find a good job, to find good spouse etc. False and fake. Don't forget the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7):

No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

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