Further to my post the other day about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs I found some notes I made on it a few years back.
Maslow believed that the only reason people don’t reach their full potential, self actualization; is because of stumbling blocks put in front of them by society with prejudices, and stereotypes. One area he emphasized needing to be addressed was education. He felt the educational system was not designed to promote growth but in fact stunted a person reaching their full potential. That was back in the 40’s and I can’t say things have improved in our educational system; not in Canada that’s for sure.
Here are his suggestions:
1. We need to teach people to be authentic, to listen to their “gut” . Boy I write a lot about listening to your gut, hmmmmm must be something to it do ya think?
2. Teachers, parents etc should focus on helping a child find their calling, destiny, what is right for them, not want the parent thinks they should be doing. And that includes career and finding a mate.
3. Teach people to become “world citizens” and appreciate cultural diversity in a community.
4. Accept people are they are and help them find their inner nature instead of expecting them to “blend in” allow them to be themselves, only then do you discover their natural talents and aptitudes.
5. Teach children to appreciate the simple things in life and nature all around them.
6. Teach, life is precious, try to see the positive in all situations and in all people.
7. Set boundaries and teach that rules, controls are necessary and good and what will improve the quality of life for everyone.
8. Teach people to choose their battles and stop fighting about insignificant things and worry about the truly big issues in life.
9. Be good “choosers” teach children how to make good, practical and logical choices.
10. We must ensure every one’s basic needs are met; safety, belonging, and esteem needs.
In a perfect world that is the way every one would operate and raise their children. How many of those points are taught to our kids today? Not many of them!! No wonder we have teen age suicide, gang wars, teen addicts, teenage pregnancy, teens murdering each other. We have a generation of very angry, frustrated and unhappy people coming into adulthood soon. Kinda scary!