To the editor:

Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory in psychology comprising a five-tier model of human needs. Maslow stated that our most basic need is for physical survival, and this will be the first thing that motivates our behavior. Once that level is fulfilled the next level up is what motivates us, and so on.

"It is quite true that man lives by bread alone — when there is no bread. But what happens to man’s desires when there is plenty of bread and when his belly is chronically filled?”

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At once other (and “higher”) needs emerge and these, rather than physiological hungers, dominate the organism. And when these in turn are satisfied, again new (and still “higher”) needs emerge, and so on. This is what we mean by saying that the basic human needs are organized into a hierarchy of relative prepotency.

The past 40 years of legislation has resulted in a society where more and more people are struggling to meet the most basic of human needs. In every corner of the globe there is humanitarian crisis and environmental insults eroding our ability to survive as a species. This is fueling social intolerance of ideological differences resulting in fear and hate crimes. Corporate greed has resulted in poor health by allowing toxic food growing/processing practices and an continual decline in healthcare services. We are involved in never ending wars to protect the status quo rather than working together to change course. The unrest will escalate as more hardworking people are left sick, homeless, in search of clean water, clean food and medical care.

Today our three branches of government and corporate conglomerates are stacked with individuals that have but one need; to fulfill their own self-actualization. This is why every piece of legislation drafted by Congress should pass through the following filters: Will this reduce global pain and suffering? Will this protect our environment or remediate damage done to it?  Will it promote love and belonging? 

I see myself as an independent. I don’t vote based on party, sex, race or religion. I’m not voting for Peter Jacob for Congress because he is progressive. I’m voting for Peter Jacob because he is a compassionate intellectual that embodies the characteristics we need in our leaders. Peter instinctively uses these filters to create policies that will meet the most basic human needs for the greatest number of people. I am voting for Peter Jacob because he is a humanitarian.

Linda Osborn, Alexandria Twp.