Thursday, August 22, 2013

What are essential human needs?

What are essential human needs?  Post your opinion, conversation style, as a comment here.  Minimum 200 words.  This is a conversation, so you need to read the posts before you and respond/build/add new thoughts.  Don't forget grammar, punctuation, and to be professional.  For Monday 8/26, you need to comment on either needs or virtues - not both.

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  2. Through the ever-changing evolution of man, human needs have remained constant. I believe compassion, companionship and community, all of which can be found through love, are the essential human needs. We accept love from those who provide us with our definition of love. Our desire and attraction to love and be loved is evident from even our ‘youngest days’. As a young child, though we may not have been aware of it, all of us were attracted to the companionship and compassion often given to us by our mothers and fathers. I personally can’t remember my life as an infant, but I have been able to observe the bond between an infant and parent. I believe the attraction found between an infant and their parent is the result of love… If you have a younger sibling or possibly a niece or nephew, or have even been around an infant for a sufficient amount of time, you have probably witnessed that child cry, sometimes for no apparent reason. You have also probably witnessed the child stop their crying, but only after their parent has picked them up and held them. I find that the parent’s compassion (from holding their infant) cause the child to feel safe and cared for, allowing him or her to stop crying. Our need for love is evident in our days as young adults as well, we witness the act and emotion of love from our family, friends or even television, and we become curious as to what it feels like. That curiosity is a result of our basic desire for love, we want to love and we want to be loved. As we become adults, we find that through our everyday lives, it’s always nicer to share it with someone, through companionship or community, leading us to search for love, sometimes for our entire life...

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  3. Adding on to what Olivia says, society has taint people with the idea of consumption, and thus people have been desiring things since well forever, but are all these desires really a necessity? I believe for one that an essential need that people desire is acceptance. Everyone has a story, a secret, a life that is different from everyone else’s, however many people are isolated because their ideas or life is not comparable to any. Take for example wars, why do they happen, is it maybe because political parties or governments from different countries can’t find it possible to accept each other's difference; and instead they decide that war will solve everything. The mentality of man is corrupt, it is nearly impossible to find acceptance of others differences. Without acceptance, it’s impractical to love, I find it difficult to say you love someone if you can’t accept that person for who they are. People try to form others and give shape to how they picture others, this is because they don’t accept that person with their flaws and faults. To love means to accept others and embrace differences. Acceptance is a need that gives birth to virtues such as love and respect, so before you can love your neighbor as much as you love yourself, accept your neighbor for what and who your neighbor is.

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  4. I agree with Olivia's post. I also think that companionship is one of the most essential needs for humans and that most companionships start with love. There are different types of companionships, for example there is "guidance" companionship, where a person is in need of a companion so the companion can guide the person in what to do when they are stuck with life. This would be some kind of teacher. Or another type of companionship could be a "spend the rest of the life" companionship, where a person just needs to have someone be there the whole way. They want someone to spend the time with and some who listens to them. They need someone who would spend the rest of the life with them, something like a marriage. But no matter what kind of companionship it is, it usually starts with love. It doesn't have to be the romantic kind of love; it could be any kind of love. For example, a student likes how a teacher leads the class, that student will be more open and will ask more guidance questions. The teacher becomes a guiding companion to the student. But it could also be the romantic love; two people love each other and decide to get married. They become companions for each other. So, no matter what companionship it is, or what kind of love starts it, the need for a companion is essential for humans.

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  5. I think that Olivia makes a valid reasoning and that it necessary to have companionship but, I have to agree more with Fernando. I think that some essential human need are acceptance others and self-acceptance, understanding a situation, and trusting others. I think that it is important for our society to accept others for who they are and that we have the right to be who we want. I think that people are timid to express who they are, because they fear of being criticized and be looked at as abnormal or out of place. I think that with accepting of others we as an individuals have to learn to accept ourselves for who we are and not who we want to be. We should knowledge that sometimes we don't have the ability to be everything and can’t be perfect, but to accept that we try our best. Part of self-accepting is also learning that it's okay to fail and that it shouldn't be something someone should dwell upon. As humans we have automatically bias opinions and it is something that needs to change. Understanding others is part of a vital human need, because it gives us the advantage to know a person and consider that they aren't what they seem.

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  6. I would like to build off of what initially Fernando argued when he stated that an essential human need is acceptance. I personally believe all human beings require a purpose in their life. A huge fear that is constantly pursuing every person is the slight possibility in the back of the mind that one has wastefully consumed his or her time in the world. Most adults commonly retreat to their vocations as they declare that they have achieved their purpose in society through their work. Policemen may state that they have fulfilled their purpose in life by enforcing the law and catching society’s criminals. However, in some cases, a purpose in life may not be displayed through one’s job. In religions such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, a human being’s purpose in life is realized through a relationship with Yahweh, God or Allah. However one’s purpose is eventually, if at all, satisfied in the end, its revelation allows self-acceptance. In modern day society one may find oneself attempting to conform to society’s standards. Disregarding the conscience and identity that he or she was born with. Through discovering one’s purpose in life the individual can then acknowledge his or her identity, creating the opportunities for growth and the ability to live out a life without the anxiety of living a genuine life.

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  7. I agree with both Keira and Fernando. Both of you have said that you have to accept yourself and others, but to accept yourself is to know yourself, and I think that kind of connects to self-awareness. You have to know who you are and what kind of person you are so that you can not only feel more comfortable about yourself but it will also help you feel more comfortable around others. This will also help you find people who share the same qualities as you. This all also connects with the most important human need: happiness. The human race has no purpose, we have no reason to be here, that’s why people have to put purpose in their life. To put purpose you have to be happy, you have to feel as if your life has been fulfilled. Finding happiness, on the other hand, can be quite difficult, and though it is a fundamental human need, most people don’t or can’t accomplish it, maybe even both. Gaining happiness is not something you can acquire just by going to the movies, reading a good book, or playing video-games, those are just “fillers”, in a way. To be happy, you have to do something that makes you happy, maybe create a video-game instead of playing one, write a book instead of reading one, anything that can make you happy. If you do something you love, than you have fulfilled every person’s number one need: happiness.

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  8. I agree with Rachel on the premise that an essential human need is for the heart to be content with happiness. In order to attain this happiness, one must first find connection, whether it be within their friends, a loved one, etc. Finding this connection is the stepping stone in this lifelong journey, simply because without connection, one is subject to loneliness, a feeling that we all try to avoid. Connection is the basis of everything; it brings everyone and everything together in a special form of bondage that we call a community. This need for connection allows us to find someone who we're able to share knowledge and experiences with, and from there begins a lifelong friendship. Without that someone to share our feelings with, we're entitled to a life of desolation and emptiness; the only person we ever talk to in our lives is ourselves. By connecting with other people, we aren't lonely anymore because we have an actual person in our lives that we can trust and depend on. Making friends with other people also allows us to become more self-aware in a sense that our personal awareness becomes more informed; by this, I mean that people become much more knowledgeable about certain things than if they didn't have someone to point it out to them at all. Connection doesn't exclusively lead to friends; it's how people find their soul mates. In every relationship, there's always going to be at least one thing that the couple agrees on or has the same point of view; this very connection is what keeps them together. They wouldn't be in a relationship if they had completely nothing in common, and even then, there will always be something that connects everyone. Hence, I believe that the need for connection is an essential human need; the world today is built upon a huge network that connects every single person in one way or another.

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  9. I agree with Olivia's argument that companionship is one of the most essential human needs. Companionship is one of the most important human needs because without it, humans wouldn't be able to take in the emotions and actions from other human beings that surround us. We as humans, learn from other's experiences. Throughout the years we have been learning new things from other humans, for example, our parents and as we continue growing, we are still learning new things from others. The lack of companionship could lead a person to become insane. If a person is isolated from other's they wouldn't be able to learn anything by themselves. How would they learn to communicate? For example, in Frankenstein, the creature learned a new language when he started interacting with other people and he had the knowledge to know that he wasn't accepted by society due to their judgements. When we are children we have the company from our parents and we learn things from them; how to say certain words, a new language, different perspective of things. I for example, still need advice and guidance from my parents to know what is right and what is good for me and it has truly helped me in life and I have come across adults that still need advice in life in order for their lives to become better.

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  10. Thank you for such an insightful conversation! When a blog post is homework, the conversation is closed when that class begins (well, you can keep posting, but you wont receive credit.)

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