According to Abe Maslow, people’s needs have levels – five levels to be exact. Somehow it fits the mold perfectly well. The things he mentioned really mirror the magnanimity of people’s needs. Yet that is the only thing worth mentioning about his Hierarchy of Needs Theory because not all the time to we get them.
Maslow mentioned five basic levels. They are as follows in order of importance:
- Biological and Physiological Needs: refer to food, nourishment, air, etc.
- Safety Needs: refer to protection, security, etc.
- Belongingness and Love Needs: refer to affection, relationships, etc.
- Esteem Needs: refer to achievements, responsibility, status, etc.
- Self-Actualization: refer to personal growth and fulfillment
As we look at it, they only remain as figures and approximations. It may be true, yes. But what are we doing to fulfill it? What are we doing in order for others to fill these 5 levels?
I have read two news articles that tell about the children that currently surround me – children that I have been trying to help to function well. We call them various names – aut, autistic, special, retard, etc. I’d prefer to call them my loving kids.
The first one was about a guy named David “Chubbs” Stillman. He gained international fame for being a great kick-ass shooter. If you were to be seen on Yahoo! News, then you’re going international. He did. So he is internationally famous.
He was one hell of a basketball player. Pass him the ball and he’d make it rain with long shots. He’s the basketball player I’d never become. He may have limitations but you’d see how his whole basketball team and whole school showered him with love and appreciation.
The headline tells that he was allowed by his coach to play in the game after being the manager of the team for a few years. He was one eager player. Call him special, yep, he is, a special player because of his great shooting range and ability to melt hearts.
What I admire most are the people who surrounded him. They acknowledged him as a part of the team and did not take any second thoughts about what he is incapable of doing or what made him different. They were very supportive. While watching the video, you could see that his team mates kept on passing the ball to him. They trusted him to perform and he did. He made it rain with three pointers I could only make in my sleep. This is one commendable trait a community could show. This is of course in contrast to the second news report that I have read at the same exact time I read his.
The second one made me really snarl in anger. To think that it was done by our very own countryman. I really see that there is a great need to inform people and try to remove the prejudice that they have.
On a flight back to Manila, some crew member of the airplane allegedly tried to throw out a kid with special needs out of the plane. This was for some rule he actually misinterpreted. The mother of the kid was obviously insulted and angered by such act. Charges were filed for that event.
This just shows how ignorant most Filipinos are of these kids and their conditions. Sometimes I even wonder how those people who don’t know anything about them or their conditions walk and survive daily. It must be a hard struggle not to know. Because sometimes ignorance breeds prejudice and misjudgment. In the long run, when they happen to bump into something or someone they don’t understand or get see often, they’d instantly forget to see Maslow’s Hierarchy and make prejudiced judgments. They’d forget that they bumped into a person and that they were the one who was acting weird because they did not acknowledge the person’s needs.
Everybody needs to remember Maslow.