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How Aam is Aam Aadmi aka how common is the common man?

The other day at Triibes, I hit a discussion with Becky Blanton, about helping the homeless. And as with every body, not for once did she mention, “The homeless need us, hand out more blankets”.   

  That was something that ignited my think tank !  

 Why is it that we deter from looking past the basic physiological needs of food and shelter?     


As you see in the hierarchal pyramid in the image below, love, belonging, esteem and self actualization comes up much later.

   Maslow's Hierarchy

Maslow’s Hierarchy

But what Maslow conceived is often misconstrued.We tend to believe that what a common man needs is all about the basic food and shelter needs.

In his thesis, Maslow quotes,”It is quite true that man lives by bread alone — when there is no bread. But what happens to man’s desires when there is plenty of bread and when his belly is chronically filled?  

At once other (and ‘higher’) needs emerge and these, rather than physiological hungers, dominate the organism. And when these in turn are satisfied, again new (and still ‘higher’) needs emerge and so on. This is what we mean by saying that the basic human needs are organized into a hierarchy of relative prepotency. ”   


This is to say the emergence of more important social goals and a shift in focus away from physiological needs.      

Alas, the story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.

We tend to overshadow what’s still ahead of us, and bask in the sunshine of our previous successful gigs.

Come’on, the best is still ahead of you, and that’s why , you are not a dog, or a rat. YOU are a human being! And you are blessed, just that you do not know about it!      


PS : I am working towards promoting the Congenital Heart Defects in children via squidoo .In this pursuit ,I am helping Dr Mani.

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~    ek   

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.  

   ~Abraham Maslow   



 Noted for his conceptualization of a “hierarchy of human needs” in the paper “A theory of human Motivation “, the American psychologist. Abraham H. Maslow stresses that there is a ladder in which these needs are positioned and without the lower ones being met, the ones at the higher level are not only impossible to meet/satisfy, but also flagrantly abuses the ones at the bottom of the ladder.        


The pretext before I take up from here

I do not recall when for the first time I did hear about not being a mediocre, but these days it tends to consume most of my time. Not just thinking about it, but getting out of what we call Mediocrity, and what will at best make us average.


Average is for losers, and no one likes to be a loser.

So I caught hold of a copy of the Dip . Nowhere can I ever be close to what Seth writes. That is a longshot.


To me Seth symbolizes humility, an ardent believer and an enthusiast. Discovering this opportunity, and applying for it , somehow changed my entire outlook.If you happen to browse this page, you will notice these questions that one had to answer to make it.


The questions!
• What do you do now?
• Why do you do it?
• What are you hoping to learn?
• After you learn it, what are you going to do with it?
• Tell me a true story about making a change in the world.
• Have you overcome a Dip?
• What astonishing thing did you do before you did what you do now.
• Make a wish.
• What else should I know?


So as it happened, it took me quite long to pen what I did, and that was the best move I made towards the close of 2008.I WROTE it.
Somehow for the first time, I was not afraid of failure, of looking bad in my eyes.
So this new year, to begin with I have written another “WRITE IT’s “ , and I shall be soon emailing them to people I believe will help me track it.

If you are one of those who keep looking for someone in the pursuit towards being someone, here’s your place to be, besides we can cook something great. What do you think.
I would love to hear from you, now that you are to a close, I assume that you have taken the first step, realizing that if you cannot be good at everything, better narrow down your focus to what best you CAN do.

More of it soon.



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