The needs of a human being are:
Group I, in order to simply stay alive.
- Oxygen in a relatively non toxic mix of atmospheric gases (a/k/a "air").
- Water, relatively free of waste products and carcinogens. Bubbles optional.
- Food, of sufficient quantity, variety and quality for robust health.
- Shelter from the elements, including housing and clothing.
- Remedies for most common ailments and/or relief from pain.
Group II, without which it would not be worth living
- A chance to create things one perceives as beautiful.
- An environment filled with beautiful sights, sounds, and acts.
- Opportunities to pursue personal bonds of love.
- A fabric of family ties that support and nurture one.
- Social approval for both unique and commonplace traits.
- A chance to learn in any way one needs.
- A social environment filled with both the learned and the learners.
- The opportunity to influence the nature of the social structures around one.
- Enough economic security to be able to experiment with change.
- Opportunity and encouragement to experiment with change when one feels the need.
- The chance to pursue ones spiritual development.
- An environment stimulating in spiritual experience.
- Opportunity for physical pleasures.
- In my case, the right to change this list...
Group III [yin and yang]
- Oneness with all that is.
- Uniqueness within all that is.
Group IV - avocations
- Making love
Those who lack in the awareness of the need to fulfill Groups II, III, and IV, will tend to try helplessly to make up their emptiness with extreme overindulgence of the items in Group I. Assuming plentiful supply of all Group I items, that is - which we have had for decades now.
© Huw Powell
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