earlier tonight I started choking on a candied pecan and all I could think of while coughing uncontrollably and wondering if I was capable of giving myself the heimlich was “they are going to find my dead body and I’m not wearing pants and my kitchen is a mess”
Hi John, what makes you say that Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs identifies people who are sick/hungry/whatever as "less human"? I learned about it in uni and the professor explained it to mean that it's hard to be thinking about school work when you're starving, or be productive at your job if you're really tired, etc. I'm just trying to understand your viewpoint on it. Thanks!
Right, but what makes us human is not eating. Lots of organisms can eat. What makes us human is making art and thinking the fancy thoughts that university professors think and achieving what Maslow called “self-actualization.” So saying that hungry or sick people cannot access “higher” needs is literally dehumanizing, because it claims the sick do not have access to the full range of human consciousness.
(I mean, Maslow literally put love between friends and family above the “basic needs,” and said that people who are hungry cannot experience love in the pure/true/real/unfettered way that unhungry people can.)
This paternalistic way of imagining need is in my opinion completely wrong. Yes, people who are starving report that it is hard to think about anything other than the desire to eat, but they also continue to write and love and read and have sex and do many things that Maslow associated with higher needs. I don’t think need is a pyramid at all; it’s a complicated web in which one need (like food) can transfigure another need (like love) without either negating the other.
“Thank you little kid who keeps pushing the button on the Dancing Santa Doll at the drugstore. Go ahead and just keep on pushing. I love hearing the electronic version of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” over and over and over. Stop pushing the button for one second so I can tell you a secret: “Santa isn’t real!”—Thank You Notes (via latenightjimmy)
I’ve been cohabiting with this lizard in my bathroom for over a week now after the pest control people accidentally let him in. Well, I was just in the shower and the little dude decided to run across the wall and scare the SHIT out of me. So I threw on a bathrobe, grabbed a big pot and lid from the kitchen, caught him, and released him outside!
It is these small little things that I can do by myself that make me feel GREAT *Katy Perry’s Roar plays in background*
After working almost non-stop since 10:30 this morning, I decided to abandon all responsibility tonight and make homemade cardamom & nutmeg spiced apple sauce. It is SO good. Just wish I had some vanilla ice cream to go with it…