Can one ever truly reach the top of the pyramid? And can a self-actualizing person ever feel complete?
These are wonderful questions, especially in the context of Vannoken culture. The entire tribal culture is based on Maslow’s pyramid of self-actualization.
Here is my answer:
Yes. One can reach the top of the pyramid.
However, the top of the pyramid is unattainable if one has an unhealthy view of what that is. A lot of people think reaching the top of the pyramid is some godlike state or perfect personhood.
And, arguably, it is. However, it’s all about how one defines perfection.
Is perfection a static state (meaning that movement stops)? Or is it a kinetic state (meaning a state of motion)?
If you view it as a static state, then it’s a kind of godhood you can never actually achieve while you’re alive. And this is because you’re always either
If you view it as a kinetic state, however, then, yes: one can reach the top.
Being at the top means the continual motion of self-actualization for what it is as you get older, which leads to higher and higher levels of self-esteem.
The “godhood” state that defies space and time would be the memory of one in the minds of those who beheld that person as
Muhammed Ali, Bruce Lee, etc. were self-actualizing people that achieved a kind of eternal memorial state from their continual self-improvement in their individual journies. They reached a peak, an actualization of self-improvement, and then left a memory behind that defies time and space.
To the second question, about feeling complete, it depends on how people perceive their own perfection. I feel complete because I am in the constant kinetic motion of self-improvement for what it is. I would not feel complete if there was something that stopped or inhibited that from happening.
When there is something external to myself that is inhibiting that process of self-actualization is the call for right rebellion.
So, I declare myself to be a self-actualizing (and self-actualized) person. I say this because I’m constantly focused on self-improvement. Making mistakes is a part of active self-improvement.
I am unlocking who I really am, the gifts of my ancestors through self-actualization.
Though, I consider myself to have reached the top of the pyramid because I’ve either acquired or rebuilt everything I’ve needed at the bottom parts of the pyramid.
I am in kinetic motion, not the static state, because I am still alive.
One day, I will
This is something that virtually anyone can achieve. The context of it would just vary per person.