I just posted a link to an article that lambastes this absolutely disgusting reformation of Maslow far better than I ever could, but the image is too profound not to share on its own.
For those unfamiliar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the short story is that this is a model that describes the most basic needs that all healthy humans have and the relative priority of those needs in more or less evolutionary order. According to this model, a human must fulfill the needs on the lower levels of the pyramid in order to develop to the point to where the needs above become relevant, and progression up the pyramid signifies gradual evolution towards being “fully actualized” (i.e. completely fulfilled) as a human being.
Simplified: this is supposed to be a way of summarizing the basic psychological needs of human beings as a species, and the higher up the pyramid you are, the more complete you are as a human being.
So, think about that revised model in this context. Instead of simply suggesting that humans must achieve some level of satisfaction with themselves and their lives as a total package (i.e. the summary of physical well being and safety, social satisfaction and self-respect, and being more or less in control of your own fate) the way the old model did; now the model specifically dictates what kind of self-actualization is necessary in order to be whole as a human: namely, the hunt for, acquisition and retention of, a mate; and participation in the propagation of the species.
Simplified: If you do not have these drives (“needs”) then you are lesser-evolved than your breeding counterparts and therefore a stunted representative of the human species.
That’s right, in one fell swoop these a-holes have formally classified the non-breeding instinct as being subhuman.
To which I offer the following thoughtful response: