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  • Writer's pictureJessica Parsons

Embrace Our Shared Values as People

We live in a world that is diverse and filled with different cultures, beliefs, and traditions. It's easy to focus on the differences and ignore the similarities that we all share as human beings.

But when we look beyond the surface, we can see that at the core of our motivations, we are generally the same. We all have the same values, desires, and needs.

Referred to as the "Grandfather of Motivation," Abraham Maslow is well known for ordering life's most essential needs in a pyramid. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a theory in psychology that Maslow proposed in 1943. This theory outlines the basic human needs that must be met in order for individuals to reach their full potential. The five needs are Physiological, Safety, Belonging, Esteem, and Self Actualization.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, illustrated by Jessica Parsons at The Motivation Place

So, when we take these needs and reflect on who we are as people, we begin to see universal overlap in our values. One of the most important values that we all share is the desire for love and connection (or Belonging Needs). Regardless of where we come from or what language we speak, we all crave love and meaningful relationships. We want to feel connected to others and be a part of a community that accepts and supports us.

A universal value is the desire for happiness. Everyone wants to be happy, regardless of their background, culture, or beliefs. Happiness can come from many different sources, but ultimately, it's about feeling fulfilled and satisfied with life. Whether it's through success, relationships, or personal growth, we all strive for happiness in our own unique way. We can relate this feeling of fulfillment with the highest Need on Maslow's pyramid, Self-Actualization.

Another universal value is the desire for security and stability (Physiological Needs and Safety Needs). We all want to feel safe and protected, and we all want to know that our basic needs will be met. This can include financial security, a stable home life, and access to healthcare, among other things.

Despite our differences, we are all connected by the universal values that we share. By recognizing these values and embracing them, especially using Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, we can build bridges of understanding and create a world that is more united and peaceful. So let's celebrate our shared values and work towards a future where we see the world as one big family, united by our similarities, and not divided by our differences.


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