Good ol’ Abraham Maslow, the American psychologist who gave us a pyramid and a hammer, is at it again with some pretty sensible insights.
This time he’s riffing on Aristotle’s function argument about what the heck we’re even doing here. Basically, we’re here to be useful.
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be. This need we may call self-actualization.
(Apparently he was an old-school fan of the “he/him/man” pronoun. 🤷🏻♂️)
It’s one thing to find your purpose — and those who do so should consider themselves fortunate. But the real trick is to actually do something about it.
It refers to man’s desire for self-fulfillment, namely, to the tendency for him to become actually in what he is potentially: to become everything that one is capable of becoming.
Thank you for the reminder, Mazzy. Can I call you that? Because here’s another Mazzy who found her purpose.