december 4, 2003
by Dr. C. George BoereeABRAHAM MASLOW 1908-1970
Self-actualization He began by picking out a group of people, some historical figures, some people he knew, whom he felt clearly met the standard of self-actualization. Included in this august group were people like Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, William James, Benedict Spinoza, and others. He then looked at their biographies, writings, the acts and words of those he knew personally, and so on. From these sources, he developed a list of qualities that seemed characteristic of these people, as opposed to the great mass of us.
These people were reality-centered, which means they could differentiate what is fake and dishonest from what is real and genuine. They were problem-centered, meaning they treated life’s difficulties as problems demanding solutions, not as personal troubles to be railed at or surrendered to. And they had a different perception of means and ends. They felt that the ends don’t necessarily justify the means, that the means could be ends themselves, and that the means — the journey — was often more important than the ends.
The self-actualizers also had a different way of relating to others. First, they had a need for privacy, and were comfortable being alone. They were relativelyindependent of culture and environment, relying instead on their own experiences and judgments. And they resisted enculturation, that is, they were not susceptible to social pressure — they were, in fact, nonconformists in the best sense.
Further, they had what Maslow called democratic values, meaning that they wereopen to ethnic and individual variety, even treasuring it. They had the quality called Gemeinschaftsgefühl — social interest, compassion, humanity. And theyenjoyed intimate personal relations with a few close friends and family members, rather than more shallow relationships with many people.
They had an unhostile sense of humor — preferring to joke at their own expense, or at the human condition, and never directing their humor at others. They had a quality he called acceptance of self and others, by which he meant that these people would be more likely to take you as you are than try to change you into what they thought you should be. This same acceptance applied to their attitudes towards themselves: If some quality of theirs wasn’t harmful, they let it be, even enjoying it as a personal quirk. Along with this comes spontaneity and simplicity: They preferred being themselves rather than being pretentious or artificial. In fact, for all their nonconformity, he found that they tended to be conventional on the surface, just where less self-actualizing nonconformists tend to be the most dramatic.
And these people had a certain freshness of appreciation, an ability to see things, even ordinary things, with wonder. Along with this comes their ability to becreative, inventive, and original. And, finally, these people tended to have more peak experiences than the average person. A peak experience is one that takes you out of yourself, that makes you feel very tiny, or very large, to some extent one with life or nature or God. It gives you a feeling of being a part of the infinite and the eternal. These experiences tend to leave their mark on a person, change them for the better, and many people actively seek them out. They are also called mystical experiences, and are an important part of many religious and philosophical traditions.
Maslow doesn’t think that self-actualizers are perfect, of course. There were several flaws or imperfections he discovered along the way as well: First, they often suffered considerable anxiety and guilt — but realistic anxiety and guilt, rather than misplaced or neurotic versions. Some of them were absentminded and overly kind. And finally, some of them had unexpected moments of ruthlessness, surgical coldness, and loss of humor.
Metaneeds and metapathologies
Another way in which Maslow approach the problem of what is self-actualization is to talk about the special, driving needs (B-needs, of course) of the self-actualizers. They need the following in their lives in order to be happy:
Truth, rather than dishonesty.
creatures of function. creatures of struggle. with more and more experience i have all but come to the conclusion that humans NEED struggle and humans NEED a function. without one of these things in their life, they can become at least complacent and listless.
i come to this conclusion from my own experience of periods of times when i have been all but completely satisfied and had no deep desires. periods of time when iWAS NOT hungry, horny, lonely or needing anything. i walk the streets and go through life at least believing that i can have anything or anybody that i want. this point i want to clarify- if it is true or not that i can have anything is not the point. the point is i truly believe and deeply feel that i can. over time this will have an effect on me. and it is having an effect on me.
the up side is that just walking or existing can be extremely pleasurable. i can wade in an euphoria from knowing and understanding how special life and consciousness is. i have enough “free” mental time to truly and deeply appreciate how special life is. how special consciousness and the ability to be aware of one’s self is. i think about “why are we here?” and “what are we?” and “what is the purpose of the universe?” and “what is the reason for the universe?” long periods of time to deep think and feel these questions and wonder.
there is no fear, no apprehension. no sense of urgency that keeps living creatures on defense or energized. 99% of the time i feel im the dominant creature in the area physically, mentally and spiritually. i have no need to struggle, everything is easy and understood. almost eveything i see is explained within my philosophy. i have no fears. i have no enemies. there is no conflict. everything is easy…
without desire for fame, wealth or to change the world. im very assured in my belief and philosophy. i believe that humanity could benefit from my understanding, but i have no urge to spread it. and i dont feel that this is something that should be sold or marketed.
with the desire thing comes reward and ecstasy. you cant have ecstasy without desire. so everything that makes you happy comes from the fulfillment of a desire. love is the greatest feeling and provides the deepest ecstasy. is behind love man’s deepest desires and needs for fulfillment? is everything that makes you happy a result of a need being fulfilled? so our happiness, love, ecstasy, etc all begin as an unfulfilled desire. we could not be happy without something negative such as a need.
hunger, despair, loneliness. need for shelter, safety, warmth, stability. social and/or group approval. instinctive and physcial needs. without these negative things, would happy exist? what is happy without desire at the root?
november 17, 2003
dexters labratory, cartoon network
P-FUNK is my weapon of choice
mcdonalds drive thru youngstown ohio after
maybe where y’all from this aint no biggie but the
wearing my PFUNK1 jersey for the last 2 days thru
so im at LAX chattin it up with blackbyrd about his new
P-FUNK is sooooo much more than just the music.
there is a funkadelic song that says there are no coincidences
i get to my car with the PFUNK1 plates and the music
thats alright, im cool. you can keep your heaven.
october 16, 2003
it seems moisture in the air makes it feel more comfortable. more warm to me.7:10am at LAX i love everything about airports even ground transportation and while waiting for the shuttle in parking lot b i felt and realized how much more comfotable it felt down here close to the ocean and in the moist ocean air as opposed to the way it felt in the valley when i left. but one thing i digs about the valley is that its hot. i digs the heat and have learned thru experiecne that this time of the year is cold and i should dress and act accordingly. i have learned to close windows, dress warmer and even put the heat on as early as august when i even feel the slightest bit of cold. also my allergies seem to flare in the fall cold night air. also this time of year with the change of season no matter how subtle i would get depressed due to the reduction in sunlight and sun energy.
what was my point. oh yeah, to get back writing regularly and to document at least a note of every experience so i will remember it. of course ill never note every experience and i dont want to say the “major” experiences cause all experience and existence is major.
i got disconnected and it didnt save and i really didnt like that cause i had put down some good stuff. i think it was about how gray and cloudy and how i dont like the marine layer and how i like the valley cause its hot and sometimes when im down here it feels cold when most would say it aint. either way i hate loosing data so im saving a copy local and will push it up when ready. this internet connection via cellphone is cool but very ify.
i also said that this is the season where i seem to do most of my writing. summertime or at least this summer i was so on the go i couldnt and didnt wanna document stuff. so there are experiences i know i may have forgotten (but am still benefited by the experience, lesson learned not forgotten just the event). anyways the mood is gone. 7:40a flight at 8:15 we should be boarding soon. coming thru security the guy says “youve done this alot before huh?’ i was like yeah i knew the routine and wasnt shy about handling my business efficiently while others boggled around in the unfamiliarity of it all.
4:04 PM EST sittin in cincinnatti airport terminal waitin on connection to pit. extremely interesting conversation overheard on the flight here of which i slept a good part. cute older blonde sat next to me, but i wasnt into chattin of thin white girls. asian girl sittin across the way, cute in that frail weak asian kinda way. skinny, appears weak physically, mentally and spiritually. i dunno i could be wrong, i just know lately i aint been into weak people. so dainty, not so much timid but…new estimated time of departure of 5:30 was spose to be 4:30. oh well. this we had to catch a bus, yes an outside regular street bus to get from terminal a to terminal c. asian girl was young and cute and soft skinned with that flat face and them asian eyes. yeah, im gonna have to try one of them at least once. an americanized one prolly.
anyways though i didnt feel like chattin overhearing an older country sounding chiropractor who prescribes urbs talk to a young graduate student workin in electro-biology or sumn. the young guy was droppin science in a manner that i could easily connect with. he was insightful and had a passion for what he was sayin. one line that i remember over hearing was “who’s smarter god or man?’ in relation to natural medicines vs engineered medicine.
no reason for aging. human cells are programmed to die but there is no reason for it. he was saying cloning is archaic, sure it works but there is no reason for it. he said what happens is you put a 30 yr old’s dna in a cell and what happens is a baby is created but the dna info or cell something is still that of a 30 yr older. he said he believes what happens in cloning is that it works 1 in 10,000 times cause maybe that 10,000 time they happened to use a stem cell which is the kind of cell needed for “proper” cloning. he inserting the nucleas into a cell always works, but the cell must be ready and able to handle the messages and information the nucleas is ready to deliver. without this proper relationship the cell dies. he believes stem cells are the true key.
the old guy was fun and personable and talkative with a natural kind of country outgoingness.
some genes are expressing later in life. they make them selves available only after a certain amount of years.
i was so impressed with the young guy that i wanted to complimant him and give him a flyer but i digressed. later coming out of the c terminal i heard someone say something like “there you are again” and i turned and it was him but i had passed and missed him. i thought it coool and interesting as i never really entered into conversation with them. though the friendly old guy set me up for a comment or two that i made.
he was passionate about stem cell research and did not like that it was banned in the us. he said people just go abroad and that stem cell research will happen and the developers and owners of the development will be proprietary or non-us. he said stem cells are cells around the fetus and supply it with food but is not the fetus.
old guy said he was conservative but still believed in the womans right to choose. both agreed on population size and growth is a problem. and for the lost part i agreed with most both said.
cute girl from india or the like just walked by. they are a attractive people just as the middle eastern and arabs, but they dont peak my interest for whatever reason. if i think about it, they have the skin and most got booty and they seem to have the fire and spirit that i like. maybe i should take a look…and they are much closer to being black than most and i believe the cultural differences may be less, as far as rhythm, dancing, and maybe even their views on religion…maybe
its 5:03 PM EST now and im just ramblin. think i learned a trick with the cell phones internet access. when it seems ive lost internet access but am still connected to the phone, i hit “end” on the phone which takes it to the normal waiting display then i try to accessa webpage and the phone returns to the packet screen of trx and rec and the connection seems to reset itself. worked 3 or 4 times so far. im even online via AOL, laptop running on airport AC. seems a bunch of flights are oversold and they are compenating folx. guy sittin next to me flight got cancelled and they gave him another at 9pm and a $10 food voucher. i would definitely consider givin up my seat for compensation, like a free round trip…
asian girl sittin there with her back to me all cute and soft americanized asian looking. one day im actually gonna talk to asian girl in that way and see whats it like. my new departure time is 5:40 PM EST now.
i have the best life in the world!
its like when im keeping a beat with my hand
over years of dancin and groovin i have gotten so
its when im “trying” to keep that next beat.
its when i can mentally step back and feel my
it feels good, it is a kind of natural euphoria
sometimes i believe that if anybody could move
or when im holding multiple beats and i can
its like im creating time. im creating an extra experience
if the groove lasts long enough i can ever so slightly
freeway 70 mph side by side
funk may have been at the root of black gospel music, jazz, blues and funk. im use to thinking of it as have been a sequential process- the later music being “because” of music previous. like blues begat jazz begat funk or sumn like that
i know earlier music influenced music that came after it cause the people who create new music listen to
but the funk inside the creators and makers of “new” music is the “same”
funk was the primary cause of them all
and though what maybe eventually became funk had roots in africa
it may be an attitude, spirit and rhythm combined
ability to cause harm/pain. i seem to believe that the
caucasian or white people and maybe just the white
a black man will kill you if he is wronged
this was catalyst by
with any two beats.
if a beat remains off beat in relation to anothers groove, but precisely and exactly off beat, then that “off beat” will become a “new” groove in itself.
then this means that any two beats which maintain a steady groove will at some level be in rhythm.
so every steady beat (which is a groove) at some level is in rhythm with every other steady beat (groove).
and if this somehow can be rationalized to include non-steady beats then everything at some level would be in rhythm with everything. in harmony with everything.
by “at some level” i mean it may be take thousands of years for the “off beat pattern” to occur. it would take something at a level that could “step back” and see and observe and experience this event. like a comet or planets orbit, one of the infinite number of beats the earth makes with its orbit takes one year. and its infinite cause it can be observed or experienced from an infinite number of angles, times, relationships, conditions, dimensions, etc.
a beat could be any event, interaction of matter and/or energy. any kind of phenomenon could be represented or seen as as a “beat”
when im hittin a groove happy in traffic
when a human being sees another human being
when im driving it to the point now i can
i snap my fingers high so they can see
i know not to look directly at them cause
its not a fast beat and its a groove i have
my tempo can be a “serious” one. a tempo of
get their attention and them on a beat with
and just being on beat like this feels good
it could be a tempo like on “the goose” not
i think american black music has an aggressiveness
2003 black gospel music is funkier than 2003 funk music
and dont let her be a passenger with her
and then i can feel that motor booty affair
a for real happy. not a silly happy. a deep
the music, the people, the style, the culture
a culture im best familiar with and am learning
if you are too aggressively passionate about anything other than god or religion
its kinda seen as religion and god is the limit,
so we have no deep fervor for life
our ultimate survival, the continuance of carbon based life
if you are too passionate about anything other god
this may be the deepest reasoning i have about mankind’s belief in god and religion. i have always felt something was “wrong” with believing in god but i never had deep reasoning or a reason deep enough to “compete” with the scale of religion. this self -realization / lunacy concept may be the highest point in my study, research and effort. its almost like all my effort has come to together at this one simple point at this moment. its culminated, but just at this moment. over time my efforts and study may become less focused and scattered as i pursue experience and learning. but right now, i feel like i have found an almost single point to focus on.
and this point and focus will probably be the main point of my book.
march 21, 2000 written while in rome, italy
november 16, 2001 i wrote in a daily;
september 2003 discovered in youngstown, oh.
a search a week later leads me to:
a journey through subjective experiences
what i like about researching and finding ideas, people or theory that agree with my philosophy is that i dont have to do that part of the research again. i can build on existing research and ideas by understanding the theory and conclusions. also its a point of reference. i can refer to “popular” or widely known work that people already know and can locally reference. and also i can research for work that has been done on this point in the years and time that has passed.
august 31, 2003
so wide, you can’t get ’round it
ya’ can’t get over it
one nation under a groove, funkadelic
june 29, 2003
february 10, 1998
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