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Sid Kemp says
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Maslow acknowledges himself that the self-actualized state cannot be reached without satisfying all other preliminary stages, one of which specifically talks about personal health and safety. These stages unfortunately are intertwined with money.
I see your point. But as soon as one *decides* to be self-actualized, life stops being a popularity contest. The popularity/economic contest remains, but it is only part of life, not what it is about.
Do you truly feel that it is a personal choice? I have been one to "march to my own beat"; and I have found inner peace by living that way. However, I am not willing to assume that my decisions are completely removed from the society that raised me.
It is essential to remain realistic: we are not entirely separate from our society. (I'm not a radical individualist.) But I believe we can fundamentally choose our perspective. I say, "Life is about spirit & soul" & we also have to pay the b
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