Living In A Horrible Society

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CRIME AND POVERTY..

A LAW EACH DAY (Keeps Trouble Away)

By Jose C. Sison

Friday, June 13, 2008

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Crimes committed due to extreme want or hunger or for purely economic reasons are usually those crimes against property like stealing and other fraudulent schemes to obtain somebody else’s belongings and resources. The most common examples of this kind of crimes are the pickpockets or bag or cell phone snatchers and illegal recruiters. (READ MORE..)

The question is:

WHAT HORRIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES CAUSED HIM TO DO THIS HORRIBLE ACTS?

The answers are:

1. Every individual exist in a continually changing world of experiences of which he is the center.

2. The organism reacts to the field as it is experienced and perceived. This perceptual field is, for the individual “REALITY”

3. The organism reacts as an organized whole to this phenomenal field.

4. The organism has basic tendency for and striving — to actualize, MAINTAIN and enhance the experiencing organism.

5. The behavior is basically goal-directed attempt to the organism to satisfy its needs as experienced, in the field are perceived.

BUT!

6. Human beings have choices and are responsible for the acts committed.

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  1. Let me argue with the fourth argument you say “The organism has basic tendency for and striving — to actualize, MAINTAIN and enhance the experiencing organism.”
    Isn’t actualization supposed to be in psychology a realization? If stealing is someone’s basic tendency for striving and maintenance, can you say it is realization? The word “actualization” connotes an idea of *understanding* or full awareness. If Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs says that the highest need an individual attains is the need for self-actualization which only few persons do, then “stealing” which is a basic tendency for striving as I understand it will able him to actualize, in that case, I have no doubt how easy it is for me to reach actualization even if by doing something like stealing. And everyone thinks stealing is bad.

  2. **correct me if I’m wrong dear, I’m no expert on this, however, I’m disclosing my own understanding on this**

  3. Hello Alexandra, actually, you got it wrong. Actualization cannot be attained by doing something “bad” as you call stealing is. Self-actualization is reached only if the individual reaches self-transcendence, which includes, morality (motivation based on ideas of right and wrong), creativity, problem solving, lack of prejudice and acceptance of facts. So if the individual steals and continues stealing for survival doesn’t entail that he has reached actualization just because of following his instincts for survival and maintenance. Actualization must be based on morality.

  4. **very educational carlos**
    thank you for educating me, I feel so ignorant now**

  5. Hey Alex, let me argue with you then.
    An organism’s basic tendency for striving is to intake in order to survive and not “steal” to be able to intake to survive. To actualize as Carlos explained it is to transcend from the previous needs in Malow’s Hierarchy of Needs. One cannot proceed to the next need until he reaches and satisfies the preceding need, as one cannot proceed with his or her safety needs (security, shelter, health, resources), if he or she doesn’t satisfy his physiological needs (food, water, sleep, excretion, homeostasis) first and foremost.
    So, statement four only mean that an organism has this basic tendency to reach actualization, which can only be obtained if he or she is able to satisfy the preceding needs in the hierarchy of needs.

  6. The Butterfly Girl

    I have to agree with some of the previous comments regarding self-actualization.

    Someone starving will not be able to reach that state of self actualization because their initial needs of substance have not been met.

    It becomes a survival instinct to “get the meal” how they can.

    So in certain situations societal concepts of law should bend….

    … a man who has not eaten in two weeks and steals food to survive is NOT the same as a man who steals for sheer sake of it (and with no needs that must be met by it).

    At least – I would think so.

  7. Hey Butter Girl, I agree with your last statement.




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