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Maslow’s Hierarchy: Safety Needs

April 21, 2013

Events in Boston this past week brought home to Americans an important aspect of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – Safety – including law and order, protection and stability.   Although it was just for one day, citizens of a city on lockdown could suddenly appreciate how difficult it is to get on with one’s life in the midst of threat or chaos.  People were unable to leave their homes to carry on with everyday activities.  Stores and gas stations were closed leaving no access to food, medicine or fuel.  Businesses shut down costing unknown amounts of money.

A few more days of immobility could wreak havoc on these individuals and their community and have an impact on state-wide and national economics.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is credited with saying,  “In a world with no systems, with chaos, everything becomes a guerilla struggle, and this predictability is not there. And it becomes almost impossible to save lives, educate kids, develop economies, whatever.”

Let’s keep this truth in our minds, prayers and activities as we consider the plight of those in other nations who are experiencing a lack of law and order, safety and security and, as a result, the type of stability needed to live their lives in any normal, enjoyable and fulfilling manner.

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