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October 12, 2004



Your quote:
"I inevitably come back to my belief that people who are truly on fire about what they are doing (because what they do is aligned with who they are) will make a positive impact on the world around them."

Isn't it interesting that we see a whole bunch of people acting with integrity (aligned with what they are) yet they cause so much misery, pain and trouble? I'm thinking of the head-hackers who cut short the life of a fellow Brit recently.

Could we say they are self-actualised?

Curt Rosengren

I have to admit, this gravitation towards the cynical, darker picture of the world mystifies me. Is my comment that Tim quoted above a hard and fast rule that governs every single person like an immutable law of physics? Of course not. When you're talking about human nature, there will always be extremes.

That said, I think the example given is a case of looking for the exception to say that a broad trend has no validity. I don't believe there's a terrorist lurking around every corner. Do they exist? You bet. Do they have a negative impact? Of course. Does their existence invalidate my belief that most people, given the opportunity to act on who they are, will make a positive impact? Not in the slightest.

Evelyn Rodriguez

I disagree with Tim. That Brit he referenced was acting out of his Ego (more of an Eastern mystic terminology) not his integrity. The Ego is the voice of fear, judgment, guilt, and it's basically a belief in separation from the rest of humanity. Self-actualized people feel a unity and wholeness with the world. Maslow didn't stop at self-actualization, though he went on to define the next level, transcendence. It's painstaking reading at times (a little clinical, a little dated language) but there are moments of pure gems in reading Maslow first-hand and not just what you hear quoted in articles or blogs, etc. Recommend: Farther Reaches of Human Nature.

"Wicked men obey for fear, the good for love." - Aristotle

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