A past mentor of mine, within their regular sayings, would often state that a person must do the work on themselves that is necessary for improvement. Self-improvement is something that they would often speak of. I wholeheartedly agree. This self-improvement speech entailed one looking in the mirror in order to realize where they didn’t measure up in life as well as deciding to come to a place where they were willing to do something about it. I am indebted to my old mentor for giving that very sage and relevant advice.
It would take me quite some time to realize just how important this advice was. It is not an easy thing for one to look in the mirror and realize that while there are many important things in life, the most important is self-development. Many of us focus on outward things in order to give us self-fulfillment. We tend to think that gratification alone will fill the empty holes evident within our mental and emotional spaces. This is probably one the main reasons why religion and spiritual systems in general came about; mankind’s need for spiritual fulfillment. If the problem is within then going within would be the only way to tackle an inward problem. In my opinion, a mentor is needed at some point in anyone’s life.
Whether one obtains a mentor is up to them to decide. Ultimately, some of us desire to become teachers. You cannot become a teacher until you were first a student. This is the reason why The Work Series exists. How I moved from student to student-teacher. At least I would like to think of myself as such. Unless you have lived life and have had failures and learned from them how can you teach? You have had time to learn and apply what you have messed up on for a time. I take the position that self-development is a life-long process that never ends until we pass on.
Through a series of some of the things that I have learned I have decided to pass on what I’ve learned from different perspectives. I have studied many a subject for many years that I desired to utilize through connecting dots. I began to realize that life is about many things and there is overlap that comes from many subjects. Since life is about more than one thing, it is incumbent upon us to focus on more than one thing. So, as multi-faceted as life is, those facets have to be delved into.
There are needs that are fundamental to human beings. Carroll Quigley in his work The Evolution of Civilizations talks about the physical and spiritual needs of people, he ultimately broke down into six levels: “(1) military, (2) political, (3) economic, (4) social, (5) religious, (6) intellectual. These levels of culture Quigley derived six divisions which are: (1) the need for group security, (2) the need to organize interpersonal power relationships, (3) the need for material wealth, (4) the need for companionship, (5) the need for psychological certainty, and (6) the need for understanding.
Culture which is an insulation between man and his natural environment causes man to design and create social organizations to meet these needs. Since culture is adaptive and persistent, the social organizations that man creates change necessarily to meet these changes over time. Carroll Quigley and Abraham Maslow largely agree upon the fundamental human needs. A necessary study into the social sciences is what outlines the specific human needs. It is my contention that if the basic needs are met, the quest to fulfill the spiritual needs are far easier.
This series entails blogs, articles, and books that will be presented in an effort to educate, enlighten and enrich others. Studies from ancient and modern history will be utilized to aid in this quest and presentation. History sheds light upon the past and a link between us and those before us to educate us on how we have operated over time and to know what we have already achieved.
My original blog: https://thework2017.com was created to primarily focus upon the book material from The Work Series. This blog will take a much more holistic approach in general to the overall series. From time to time, I will incorporate different topics for the purposes of breaking monotony. It is my hope that you benefit from what I have to offer.
McLeod, S. A. “Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.” 21 May 2018. Simply Psychology. Website Article. 23 September 2018. <https://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html>.
Quigley, Carroll. “2. Man and Culture.” Quigley, Carroll. The Evolution of Civilizations: An Introduction to Historical Analysis. New York: Macmillan Company, 1961. 49-65. Book.
Quigley, Carroll. “4. Historical Analysis.” Quigley, Carroll. The Evolution of Civilizations: An Introduction to Historical Analysis. New York: Macmillan Company, 1961. 85-126. Book.