The author has been trying to follow this somewhat buddhist maxim sometimes: no expectations, no attachments, no judgements. But setting aside the coolness of trying to transgress the human condition, is there any value in such self-shaping? Let’s have a bit of research. This question arose after reading the Dan Ariely’s book “Predictably Irrational”: The brilliant satirist Alexander Pope once wrote: “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Some time ago I discovered Manfred Max-Neef’s Fundamental human needs taxonomy: Unlike Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which focuses on a hierarchy of psychological needs, Max-Neef talks about needs that are complementary, all of which are necessary to achieve satisfaction. Indeed, the Maslow’s hierarchy seems to me kind of opinionated and arbitrary. If only the game was as simple as reaching the imaginary top, somewhere across the infinite ladder.