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Higher Motivations

Why Produce Goodness?

All inquiries within THEE start from the assumption that what is most distinctive about being human is our capacity to create a reality for ourselves and others. This particular inquiry assumes that goodness is an important and distinctive part of being human.
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The idea of creating what is good and making oneself and life in general better seems to be innate, at least for many or most, and probably potentially for all. However, no-one would doubt that it is a challenge. As with any challenge requiring a creative response, we may choose to rise to it—or not.

So the framework for creativity with its place for motivation-RG51 is relevant.

Motivation Correspondences in THEE

L Purpose
Motivation Experience
7 Ultimate Value Inspiration Imagination
6 Value System Obligation Identification
5 Social Value Need Intuition
4 Principal Object Interest Idea
3 Internal Priority Desire Emotion
2 Strategic Objective Intention Image
1 Tactical Objective Awareness Sensation

Motivations to be Responsible

Social existence, whatever the society, requires us to have a sense of responsibility. This responsibility relates to what others can reasonably expect of us and seems to be unique to human beings. Responsibility accompanies the holding of any purpose or value. Producing goodness is an unusual goal and the responsibility for it is also unusual in that it is not necessarily demanded in the social milieu. Responsibility for humanity can also be experienced as directed to:Closed yourself because you are in a union with humanity, or to God or the Cosmos as an imaginative experience.

The components for producing goodness discovered in the initial 3 Groupings are all responsibilities. (You can see these set out in a table in the next Topic):

Motivation applies within all these Groupings, but it is primarily in the form of an impersonal obligation. R"G4: Building character using the theatres of authenticity is both the culmination of the obligation to be responsible and also the source and result of appropriate motivations.

In moving onwards and upward, obligation does not disappear, but other more egocentric motivations come to the fore. These provide an appealing human rationale for the lower components.

Originally posted: 7-Jun-2013

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