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I agree insofar as I'm an advocate of Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, and if the lower "subsistence" needs (physiological, safety, belonging, esteem) aren't met, the higher "being" needs (actualization and transcendence) don't kick in. Philosophy is generally within the umbrella of the being needs.

Ken Wilber, who uses a different but complementary system from Maslow's, says that the lower needs/levels of consciousness are more fundamental and the higher needs/levels are more meaningful. I tend to agree. Both poles are valid aspects of the human experience but quite different.

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