1. A condition or situation in which something is required or wanted: crops in need of water; a need for affection.
2. Something required or wanted; a requisite.
3. Necessity; obligation: There is no need for you to go.
4. A condition of poverty or misfortune: The family is in dire need.
Lately, I’ve been pondering the meaning and power of the word need and the negative connotations it carries with it. All human beings, as Maslow portrays in his hierarchy of needs, have certain needs that must be fulfilled; beginning with the need for food, shelter and ending with the need of self-actualization. Therefore, it is a fact that all human beings, no matter what level of the society they occupy, are born with needs that linger on until the day they die.
Need is therefore a responsibility laid upon our shoulders the moment we leave the warm womb of our mothers into the cold and mysterious life we are born onto.
I think of my friends and myself now… I think how we have covered, throughout our life time till this second, only one portion of the hierarchy of needs and yet we are thinking of the rest of the pyramid each minute of every day.
I can not really figure out whether this is positive or negative thing but I know one thing for sure, the need for love, affection and stability is one that torments us as human beings. It is the one that prevents us from moving way up in the pyramid and becoming fully satisfied!