Humans need community. This necessity is built into our genetic code – to be connected is to be alive. For the vast majority of our evolution, we’ve lived closely together and depended on each other. Like food, relationships nourish us. Without them, we suffer. The fate of the lonely is bleak.
We have lost our way.
Rather than health, family, and personal development, we’re taught to toil our lives away in employed captivity, to spend our money on bullshit, to retire when we’re sixty-five. On top of that, we’re taught to consume, we’re taught greed. Always feeding, yet always hungry. We’ve an insatiable appetite for the consumable.
From infancy to infinity, our minds are bombarded with messages from deceptive marketers. Spellbound, we fall victim to the idea that salvation is found via possession. Carefully crafted into obedient consumers, we stagger on a treadmill of continual craving. Taught that to have more is to be more, we trust that personal triumph is found through amassed fortune.
This is 100%, pure, grade-A, unrefined bullshit.
Stress has become an epidemic.
Caught between responsibilities and competing demands, many of us are seldom truly at ease. In the absence of deep relaxation, chronic tension has become far too normal. Even worse, nature never intended nor prepared us for the constant storm of stress that many suffer through on a day-to-day basis.
According to Maslow, self-actualization is the final destination of the most developed, and therefore the most satisfied, people amongst us. To self-actualize means to fulfill your unique potential through a continued process of self-discovery, refinement, and further development. There is no end to actualization, only further expansion into the realm that you find inherently enjoyable as well as challenging.