you silly atheists
"In 1943 Abraham Maslow introduced his famous 'hierarchy of needs.' Based on several years of observing the most successful and intelligent members of society, Maslow concluded that all people have certain basic needs, which can be illustrated by a layers pyramid. At the base are human necessities like food, clothing, and shelter. Next in importance, Maslow claimed, was the need to be loved and to belong. In his original study, Maslow went on to argue that the highest need of humanity is self-actualization. "What a man can be, he must be," wrote Maslow, claiming that the crowning human desire was 'be all you can be'. Interesting but incorrect. In the 1971 book The Farther Reaches of Human Nature, Maslow acknowledged that his subjects were not satisfied in their own accomplishments and experiences but were looking for meaning beyond themselves, forcing him to amend his previous conclusions. "Transcendence refers to the very highest and most inclusive or holistic levels of human consciousness, behaving and relating, as ends rather than means, to oneself, to significant others, to human beings in general to other species, to nature, and to the cosmos." Its hard to find a college professor today who relates that Maslow reluctantly retracted his widely distributed conclusion that personal experience was ultimate and fulfilling. Yet so much of our thinking is based upon Maslow's errors and fails to account for his own admission that human longing could be fulfilled only in something outside the individual. Maslow realized in the end that the need for transcendence was much more pervasive than the need for self-actualization. Even among those who had not reached Maslow's standards for self-actualization, the recognition of longing for the transcendent was common."
"Maybe, like me, you have a vague recognition of the name Blaise Pascal without an awareness of who he was. Brilliant and incredibly educated, Pascal lived from 1623-1662, just thirty-nine years. But in that short time he invented and influenced much that we take for granted today: from calculating machines to the first public transportation system, probability and decision theory, as well as the mathematics of risk management. He proved the existence of the vacuum, which set the stage for quantum physics. His statistical-probabilities analysis envisioned the insurance industry, management science, racing forms, lotteries, and Las Vegas. Pascal invented the Vacuum Pump and detailed our understanding of outer space. His thoughts stand behind the jet engine, internal-combustion motors, the atomic bomb, and mass media. All of this and much more came from the mind of Blaise Pascal. In many darkened hearts, God is viewed as the invention of the weak minds. Pascal was private about his faith, but after he died, one of his aides found a crumpled piece of paper pinned to the inside of his coat, where Pascal had written:
The year of grace 1654
Monday, 23 November....From about half past ten at night until about half past midnight.
FIRE. God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob-Not the God of the philosophers and of the learned. Certitude. Certitude. Feeling. Joy. Peace. God of Jesus Christ.
My God and your God.
Forgetfulness of the world and of everything, except God.
He can only be found by the ways taught in the Gospel. Grandeur of the human soul. Righteous Father, the world has not known you, but I have known you.
Joy, joy, joy, tears of joy.
Let me not be separate from him forever. May I never forget his words. Amen.
One of the greatest and most creative minds in human history could not be satisfied in itself and science. Pascal wrote prolifically of his insights and discoveries but echoed Solomon and the human search for eternity. "All men seek to be happy. This is without exception, whatever different means they use."
In the end Pascal concluded:
" Since the present age never satisfies us, experience tricks us and leads us from misfortune to misfortune until death. What then does this craving and inability cry to us if not that there was once a true happiness in man of which there now remains only the mark and empty trace? We try mainly to fill it with everything around us, seeking from things absent, the help that we do not receive from things present, but they are all inadequate because only an infinite and immutable object that is God himself can fill this infinite abyss.""
excerpt from Vertical Church by James MacDonald
cites: Pascal's wager: The Man Who Played Dice with God-James A. Connor pgs 2, 148
Pensees-Blaise Pascal, trans. Roger Ariew pg 45
"A Theory of Human Motivation", Psychological Review-Abraham Maslow pg 50
The Farther Reaches of Human Nature-Abraham Maslow pgs 279-280
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.