“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”—William Butler Yeats
I’ve never questioned the fact that we humans share a commonality of needs. I even accepted, as I think most of us did, that Maslow’s Hierarchy made enough sense to have value as a motivational tool. However, I did wonder about the reason for its development during WWII. One would have thought there was little need for a motivational tool beyond simple survival then. A possible reference to what might someday be when things returned to “normal” in a world gone cockeyed for far too long? Now doesn’t that just sound familiar. Our crooked world today has certainly set us on the edge of a precipice we can’t seem to see over. We all give out embarrassed laughs when we refer to returning to ‘normal’, suggesting we understand too well that what we once thought of as normal may have been responsible for much of the chaos we find ourselves in currently. But that said, I realize in stressful times like these Maslow’s Hierarchy gets mixed up in a way that would make any ladder a dangerous device to rely on.