Theis self-centric. It demands the discovery of what gives pleasure.
Theis socio-centric. It demands development of purposes and projects that feel personally worthwhile.
Theis self-centric. It demands the discovery of reality in a way that benefits others who take heed.
In this regard:
Buddha captured the spirit: "Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others."
Dag Hammarskjold was an arch-realist: "It is more noble to give yourself completely to one individual, than to labour diligently for the salvation of the masses.
St. Augustine turned it upside down: "There is no salvation outside the church."
If the pattern holds, the nextwill be self-centric and involve discovery.
Function: To bring something original and valuable into existence.
i.e. happiness depends on the use of the will to produce something valuable despite uncertainties and obstacles.
So: The purpose of life is «to take on challenges that stretch you».
producer mentality», identified in relation to earning a living (but not understood then). The may, however, be present with such a passionate intensity that everything else in the person's life pales into insignificance. Extreme risk-taking and supreme courage are then defining features of personal existence.as a leads to a repeated search for challenges. These challenges should provide opportunities to as often as possible. This is probably the source of the «
All personal endeavour involves more than just mechanically doing or making something. Creativity and challenge are intrinsic to satisfying work. So the must be distinguished from normal . « » operates in the service of current reality: whether commercial, governmental, based in voluntary work, or personal initiative. Those who pursue the are always trying to do more. They continually strive to reach beyond current reality and bring back something new. It is this specific that we are now examining.
The explanation of transcendence was provided during the exploration of . It develops from looking at some unsatisfactory aspect of reality and being prepared to say to oneself: "It doesn't have to be like this!"requires persistent transcendence of current realities as the basis for creating the new. An
That what everyone can do and potentially does all the time. It is a creative process, powered by that is intrinsic to the human condition. It was possible to discover a framework where the upper 3 transcendence-generating Levels ( ) appeared at every stage. The effect of this is to maximize in any endeavour. Again, this is for everyone. It requires periodic commitment to a challenge, but does not depend on the presence of a .is a map of
Adoes, however, regard as a natural and permanent challenge. The becomes a necessity for personal happiness, even if the intensity is such that death becomes a possibility.
The two higher can also be described as providing for , but they do not see happiness/meaning as rooted in making something new.
Any "what do I do next?"; "where can I channel my creative urge?" No matter how magnificent the and how great the social admiration and appreciation, the sense of satisfaction is only temporary. The impulsion, perhaps compulsion, to create persists. Unless satisfied, it can lead to misery or even depression.must come to an end, whether in a day, a week, a month, or a year or more. As the end approaches, the inevitable question arises unbidden
Correspondence to Root Hierarchy: All psychosocial reality is created and sustained by communication. The ancients knew this, because they wrote that God created the earth by «saying» "Let there be light and there was light" &c. In , it was evident that the crucial actualizing step, following a to pursue a , involved . The elements of Communication-PH5—stimuli, signals, signs, symbols, references, terms, meanings—permeate any creative activity. Whether we think of our endeavours, or of conventional creative activity like crafts, music, sculpture or science, expression is intrinsic to coming into social existence. If there is no , then something may have been brought into existence empirically—but it does not work as a creation in psychosocial terms.
Originally posted: 8-Jun-2012