In the end, all of these needs are part of a systemic labyrinth of requirements necessary to reach the frame of mind needed to draw out the best from within us. When well fed, well rested, confident, believing in our own possibilities, and feeling accepted by those around us, we flourish and begin to seek out that which we most desire to accomplish. From lower order needs, like thirst or hunger, to higher order needs, like esteem and self worth, we find ourselves on a Socratic, Bloomzy rise towards a high-level sense of being. Here however, is where Mr. Maslow and his hierarchy of needs take centre stage.
Abraham Maslow’s psychological based personality theory has profoundly influenced Bloom’s Taxonomy, (there seems less and less original about old Bloom’s work these days) due in large part to the practicality of his approach. Maslow, like most any humanist psychologist, believed humans instinctually strive for upper-level potential. Further still, humans seek the frontiers of their potential only when the base-level needs are met and then work their way up through a pyramid of necessity, until attaining the state of fully-functioning individual, or as Maslow referred to it as a "self-actualizing person."
Below is Maslow’s hierarchy of basic needs. According to Maslow, an individual does not feel the second need, until the burden of the first has been fulfilled, nor the third, until the second, and so on.
Physiological Needs - air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sleep
Safety Needs - protection from elements, security, order, law, limits, stability
Needs of Love, Affection and Belongingness - work group, family, affection, relationships
Needs for Esteem - self-esteem, achievement, mastery, independence, status, dominance, prestige, responsibility
Needs for Self-Actualization - realizing personal potential, self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences, knowing who you are, where you’re going and what you want to accomplish
Like many hierarchical theories, Maslow’s ideas are often represented as a pyramid, with the larger, lower levels representing the lower needs, and the upper point representing the need for self-actualization. Maslow believed people don’t move in the direction of self-actualization, due to obstructions placed in their way by society and cited inadequate education as being one of these obstructions.
Long philosophical story short - this writer is of the opinion that those within the settlement sector carry out profoundly important work, not only within those individual lives who seek out their services, but within the grandiose confines of the future of our country as a whole.