In obsessively reading over 150 nonfiction, popular science. sociology, and psychology books, I have merged two grand philosophies to create my own personal "mission statement":
1. In 1927, architect R. Buckminster Fuller resolved to think independently which included a commitment to "The search for the principles governing the universe and help advance the evolution of humanity in accordance with them -- finding ways of doing more with less to the end that all people everywhere can have more and more."
2. Self-actualization is a term that has been used in various psychology theories, often in slightly different ways. The term was originally introduced by the organismic theorist Kurt Goldstein for the motive to realize one's full potential. Expressing one's creativity, quest for spiritual enlightenment, pursuit of knowledge, and the desire to give to society are examples of self-actualization.
In Goldstein's view, it is the organism's master motive, the only real motive: "the tendency to actualize itself as fully as possible is the basic drive -- the drive of self-actualization."
Carl Rogers similarly wrote of "the curative force in psychotherapy - man's tendency to actualize himself, to become his potentialities -- to express and activate all the capacities of the organism."
The concept was brought most fully to prominence in Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs theory as the final level of psychological development that can be achieved when all basic and mental needs are essentially fulfilled and the "actualization" of the full personal potential takes place, although he adapted this viewpoint later on in life, and saw it more flexibly.
The Mission Satement:
3. And so, Hypno-Don's synthesized hybrid desire -- "To search for the principles governing the universe and help advance the evolution of humanity in accordance with them -- to help myself and each person I know to realize their own full potential. Expressing each one's creativity, quest for spiritual enlightenment, pursuit of knowledge, and the desire to give to society."
Pretty sweet, huh? Now let's do it.
|Paul Klee, Growth in an Old Garden, 1919.|