I'm wondering today to what extent I define myself by what I do or have. We've backed into the question with the awful economic times. It feels to a certain extent like a slide down Maslow's hierarchy of needs.
I wonder how precipitous of a fall it is for some people. For example do rich people naturally move from safety to Love/Belonging or do they mostly become more safe and covet what other safe or rich people have.
I wonder, also given that Security is a pre-requisite for self esteem, does that mean that if you lose your job or property that you can't reach the Loving/Belonging stage. That would almost suggest that homeless people can't make it up the pyramid.
Regardless, I can attest that serious threats to safety for me have challenged my ability to feel at peace and loving. But aren't we supposed to give off what we want to attract?
Oh yeah, one last question, what's excretion got to do on the path to self-actualization? I suppose if you can't poop you can't love.