Human Capital & The Challenge of OUR Time
Abraham Maslow spent his life discerning interior trends that motivate the human person toward a unity not seen in other mammals; a unity of personality, toward spontaneous expressiveness, toward full responsibility, toward full individuality; an unrepeatable identity. Of seeing truth rather than being blind, toward creativity, toward being good; for Maslow, the entire enterprise of being human is so constructed that he presses toward fuller and fuller being.
There is a single ultimate value for mankind, a far goal toward which all men strive. This is called variously by different authors self-actualization, self-realization, integration, psychological health, individuation, autonomy, creativity, productivity, but they all agree that this amounts to realizing the potentialities of the human person as ‘human’, that is to say, in becoming fully human, everything a person can become.
If Maslow is correct in discerning an interior structure of humanness then Thomism is its proper name. This teleology would stand in direct contradistinction to Macbeth:
Life is but a walking shadow; a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
It is this development of human capital that the dangerous moralizing of the ‘Collective’ prevents. And it was the American Founding that was to vanquish the sons of anarchy from the discovery of the new world.
Originally posted on William Holland’s website.