The Hierarchy of Needs: Maslow and the Blackfoot

I just came across this, and it is truly amazing. The ignorance that has been conveyed to me as knowledge.

Yes; self-actualization is needed. But it is not an end element. It is embedded in the context and ability of the culture itself. The self-actualized individual less communes with some transcendent other to arrive at immanent authenticity to then have gained some sort of inspiration or avenue of intuition through which to proclaim upon the worlds new order of things. This as an end result of Being.

Quite the contrary: It is but the beginning.

The enlightenment into self-actualization (for a term) is brought about through the cultural context for the purpose of giving toward the Maintanence and growth of the community.

Maslow was just following his cultural norm by never being self actualized in this sense, as this could be a cause for why No one could ever achieve his criteria for what self-actualization could be: because such criteria was assumed to be something that arises outside of culture, as if culture was something beneath the self-actualized individual. 

Modern society presumes that self actualization should actually occur after one is dead. This is the concept of having invested with the totality of meaning and purpose that is God. This concept that I am loosely transcribing as “self actualization” and using Maslow in this regard, is viewed as a stigma, and outcast, a mystery that lies along the edges of any modern discourse. Something that should never be achieved in one’s lifetime; it is a sin of presumed lack of humility. It is shunned by society and look down upon. It is regarded with fear and apprehension.

But does not does make a lot of sense considering the values of our modern society? For, can’t we look to somewhat recent history and find out what such “self actualization” actually becomes? Less the great liberators that Maslow would want to point to and more the totalitarian dictators of the industrial war machine, whether it be through tanks and guns or through capital.

The self actualized person in our society it’s supposed to be a savior, and so any person that would presume to be self actualized necessarily feel some sort of large burden to transform society into something else, something that it isn’t. Individualism taken to an ideoligical justification of absolute transcedence.

Author: landzek

My name is Lance Kair, a philosopher, a counselor and a musician who is being questioned.

10 thoughts on “The Hierarchy of Needs: Maslow and the Blackfoot”

  1. I don’t think I understood the concept of self actualization as he points it out.
    I understand self actualization as the realization of the self through awareness, work, creativity and maybe citizenship, the way Aristotle and Hegel wrote about.
    Am I missing something in your post?


    1. He could never find a living person who was self-actualized. He could only point to people who appeared to be. But everyone tested would fail the criteria. I forget where I heard. that. I could be wrong though. 😛

      I was voice dictating so maybe it came out weird. And half thought out.

      My point is the Blackfoot saw self actualize toon as the beginning. Not an end. Maslow. And philosophy. See it more as and end, something that comes thru a process that someone then becomes. The Blackfoot saw self actualization as what comes first for the purpose of the community. Less the individual . I think it’s cool if we see the West as an initial “first-part” of the larger process. Like. As a culture. We are stuck in first gear. But that transcendence is not an individual function but a group function.


    2. Whereas the lower deficit needs could be identified to people, the upper asset based part he could not identify actual people who were self actualize. It was just a theory

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      1. Yes, but such high philosophy is not necessary for art philosophy and religion to be valid and function and exist.

        I feel that to you probably I don’t have to point out how Hegel system really nullifies itself. That to be an agent of history, so to speak, is to reach a transcendence which ultimately is subverted by the very Animal being that the human is, Albeit one who has pursued knowledge all the way through, that is, in light of H.


      2. One of the mistakes, I think, that is incorporated into modern identity is that attainment of transcendence — how ever it is formulated— is justified by itself and for itself. As though overcoming is actually overcoming the limits of oneself or the conditions of oneself. As though one is obligated to work toward freedom Because the world is so terrible.

        Whereas the Blackfoot the overcoming is seen more as the accepting and working for and with the limits given you by the graciousness of the community. The full acceptance of oneself as a member of the community.

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