Updated: Feb 1
In the 1970s, Abraham Maslow, a visionary scholar and critical commentator in the field of psychology introduced the concept of "eupsychian" institutions, a term that described a future society where individuals who have realized their full potential would create human-centered communities. In his seminal work, "A Way of Being," Maslow envisioned a world that was vastly different from the one we inhabit today, a world where human choice would hold the reins and technology would serve as a tool for self-expression, rather than oppression.
He believed that the 1980s would usher in a new era of human flourishing, where people would become fully functioning beings, transcending the boundaries of race, class, and culture to create a world that was self-created, not imposed.
This vision of eupsychian society represents a radical departure from the dominant paradigms of oppression, exploitation, and domination that have plagued humanity for centuries. It speaks to the deep longing within us all for a world of peace, justice, and equality, and to the power of the human spirit to create a world that is truly beautiful, harmonious, and fulfilling. By embracing the eupsychian ideal, we have the potential to manifest a world that is not only better than the one we live in today, but one that is truly worthy of our existence.
In a society that often prioritizes external markers of success and worth, it is crucial to acknowledge and uplift the importance of internal growth and development.
The notion that a fully functioning person is not defined by culture, age, socioeconomic status, community, IQ, race or any other superficial factor, but rather by a deep and profound understanding of oneself, is a timeless and universal truth.
It is a recognition that at our core, we are all interconnected and interdependent. The labels used to describe a fully functioning person, such as self actualized, awakened, enlightened, and so on, are irrelevant in comparison to the fundamental meaning they share.
To reach this level of understanding and realization, it requires a process of peeling back the layers of conditioning and societal norms, of unlearning and letting go of baggage that hold us back from experiencing the fullness of who we truly are. It is the recognition that all we need to fulfill our potential and live a fulfilling life is already within us.
This journey towards full functioning is not a destination to be reached, but rather a continuous process of self-discovery, growth, and liberation. Through practices such as meditation and self-reflection, we can foster a deep and meaningful connection to our innermost selves, leading to a shift in our reality, relationships, and decision-making.
Ultimately, becoming a fully functioning person requires us to be vulnerable, to shed our masks and embrace the uncomfortable, but in doing so, we become the most authentic version of ourselves, and can live in a state of unconditional love, truth, and clarity.
As we journey towards self-actualization, it is important to acknowledge that this path is subjective and unique to each individual. However, certain practices are fundamental in maintaining progress towards this destination. The daily cultivation of mindfulness through meditation, introspection, and connection to one's authentic self, is essential in shaping the reality one desires.
The effort we invest in this process directly influences the rewards we reap. By choosing to shift our perception, we are able to mold our reality into a manifestation of our unique thoughts and ideas. Through this process, we become attuned to the gentle whispers of our innermost parts, leading us to a place of self-compassion and acceptance.
As we learn to love ourselves, flaws and all, we naturally extend this love to others, resulting in improved relationships and a heightened sense of connection. The truth of the world and of ourselves becomes clearer, leading us towards a path of authenticity and self-discovery.