Thursday, July 27, 2006

Must life have meaning to be lived?


Blogger Carmen said...

According to William Glasser, the answer is yes. Human beings have four specific genetic drives/needs that need to be fulfilled and, I suppose, that give meaning to life.

(1) to love and belong; involves need for friends and family,

(2) for self-worth; self-esteem, recognition, and competition,

(3) for freedom; to make choices,

(4) for fun; including play, laughter, learning, and recreation.

These all need to be balanced for people to be in maximum control of their lives. Humans are motivated to satisfy one or more of four basic needs. ALL humans have the same genetic need regardless of culture.

As I've been reading your blog and noting your disappointment at life, I noticed that absolutely none of these drives are currently being met (I actually used you as a case study for my class today!!!)

I suppose life doesn't necessarily have to have "meaning" (however it is you want to define it) to be lived, but it requires that your basic needs be met in order to live.

Do not debate me on this or else next week I'll use you as an example of...of....uff...I'm so tired I can't even think. I'll use you as an example of something absolutely bizzare in class that they'll display you like the Hottentot Venus.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Basil Fawlty said...

Actually, Carmen, I was quoting Camus. He asked that question, not me.

10:54 AM  

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