Basic needs are generally the same for everyone. Food, water, and shelter to name the top three. If a human goes without food or water, he or she will die within a small number of days.
Yet, when we splurge on cake and ice cream, we don’t realize that some people don’t have anything to eat at all. We should always be thankful and do a blessing on what we are given.
Water is another thing we don’t think about. We see so many examples of water pollution from people throwing trash into our waterways, dumping garbage on the side of the road, which could eventually reach the water table underground.
Basic Needs Are Things Like Food, Water, Shelter, and Several More
What a waste it is to use bottled water and then throw the container away. There are tons of plastic bottles and receptacles thrown into landfills. They are not biodegradable and take many years to deteriorate.
There is also a need to be cared about. It is a basic need of knowing someone does love and care about us. We take it for granted, which in turn brings about many suicides due to loneliness.
There is Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which is in the form of a pyramid. The base or bottom of the pyramid is physiological needs. The air we breathe is important because if it is lacking oxygen, we can suffocate and die. Carbon dioxide emissions are the biggest threats.
A need for sleep is vital for our survival. We don’t always get the best sleep, which usually destroys work performance the following day. Clothing is a basic need. I am not talking about extravagant clothing used in fashion, but basic covering.
Sexual instinct, even though we may not think about it much, is a basic physiological need. It is something that must be led by intellect instead of by animal instinct. It calls for moderation and control, but it must be part of our life.
Then from the bottom up, we have needs of safety, social needs, esteem, self-actualization, and finally at the top, self-transcendence.
The only true basic needs are the physiological ones, which are air, food, water, shelter, clothing, sleep, and sexual instinct.