As described in Abraham Maslow's “A Theory of Human Motivation” (1943), humans have motives for their actions. These motives stem from needs of the most basic physiological form to utterly complex needs of self-actualization. Because people are often fettered by a constant pursuit of self satisfaction, many of them overlook their true purpose in life, or they simply never find it. These needs may be blinding them from the most unbearable truths about the harsh realities of life. Is it that the nearer certain people approach the amorally ambiguous asymptote of an ideal material existence that individuals grow exponentially further from a just human experience? Avariciousness may only be a contemporary evil, and, maybe, when all people have their basic needs completely met, they can discover a greed that is satisfied only by others being satisfied. No matter how rich countries have become, the majority of fellow brothers and sisters remain in insurmountable indigence. Regardless of whether or not these people’s needs are met through donations, infrastructure, foreign aid, loans, legislature, or any other man-made financial and sociological contributions, this concept is overwhelmingly clear: humanity will continue to make less progress towards an equal human unity until the world’s underprivileged are totally removed from the unnecessary poverty of both material and intellectual possessions.
No one person will have the same journey of self discovery, and each person can most likely never predict his personal circumstances. Sometimes, it seems that the most underutilized attributes of power are compassion and empathy. This capability, rivaled by no other species in nature, has brought into the light the greatest people spanning many generations. Mother Theresa, Siddhartha Gautama, Jesus Christ, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Pope John Paul II, and an inconceivable number of others have used their incomparable influences to improve the lives of millions of people for an indefinite number of generations. Their acts of strength, dignity, power, and humility have been time honored and dearly regarded. Has it been those who were immensely rich in material possessions that people have aspired most to become, or is it those who have changed the nature of human destiny that people wish to become?
However insatiable individuals may become, the heroes of humanitarianism continue to work, in unanimity and confidence to alleviate victims from starvation, disease, poverty, lack of education, and many other ordinarily-avoided humanitarian tragedies. If everyone can find ways to relieve humanity of these soul-wrenching atrocities and provide people with the means and opportunities to meet their own basic needs, maybe then all people can realize their true potential. Humanity has the resources—time, space, land, institutions, and all other conceivable means—to provide people with greater opportunity for diverse choices. To achieve the ideals, people need to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to overcome their adversity and grow themselves. From the walls of hand-made mud huts to the concrete ceilings of Wall Street, everyone must realize that the world’s poor and deprived are a selfless responsibility, not the liability of those in near geographical proximity. This is a responsibility everyone should share in grace and devotion.