Religion is not solely about the economic, political and social-climbing technologies. There is also emotional technology, what Idries Shah has termed “mood-making”. Different kinds of mood, however, are made. Moreover, Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs is quite wrong. Even when adequately fed, clothed, sheltered and laid, few people seek this thing he called “self-realisation”. Some will seek to be ever better fed, clothed, sheltered and laid, although these needs are theoretically finite; others will seek adulation and approval, and these needs are infinite; yet others will devote all their energies to the equally infinite pleasures of putting others in the wrong and making everyone else miserable.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 10:12 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: THE LONGEST CON, Religion As Emotional Tech

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