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  • Writer's pictureWayne Drury

Trudeau at the top of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

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Why is Trudeau so “Hell-bent for leather” toward dealing with climate change, forcing electric vehicles down our throats, and working to bankrupt our country?  It is because of his position on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs compared to most of us in Canada.  Let’s look at this, as it is the facts that matter. 


Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs 

Amazing, I do remember some things I learned at school.  At that time, I thought, “Who needs to know that?  As it turns out, understanding the basics of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs has helped me understand some things about human behaviour.  So, what is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? 


Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a theory in psychology that describes the five basic needs that motivate human behaviour. The hierarchy is depicted as a pyramid, with the most basic needs at the bottom and the higher needs at the top. The five levels of Maslow's Hierarchy, from lowest to highest, are:  


  1. Biological needs for human survival. Examples include air, food, water, shelter, clothing, warmth, sex and sleep. 

  1. Emotional and financial security. 

  1. Friendship, intimacy, trust, receiving and giving affection and love.  

  1. The desire for status, recognition, fame, celebrity, and any form of attention  

  1. Among other things, taking action against climate change. 


Trudeau is at Level 5.  He does not have to worry about feeding his family, having the energy to keep warm, feeling unsafe, worrying about money, or having a roof over his head.  Being on the world stage strokes his ego for recognition, fame, and attention.  “He has it all,” which gives him the freedom to think about action to combat climate change. 


The problem is that most of us are at the bottom of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and Trudeau is at the top.  He has always had a “silver spoon” in his mouth.  How can he ever understand or feel our pain when he has not experienced all the things most of us have experienced?” 


We can’t be the environmental action-takers we may want to be when we’re worried about meeting our basic needs.  We have between 48% and 80% of Canadians who do not feel financially secure.  We are scraping by, do not have food or energy security, and every cost increase adds to our terror about not being able to meet our basic needs.  When was the last time Trudeau had to worry about the necessities of life?  


It’s clear from research that Canadians feel less able to take action to care for the environment because they’re panicked about meeting their basic needs.  We do not want to hear about adding costs to “save the environment.”  We want to know how government policy and action will keep us safe and warm, keep a roof over our heads, and keep food in our bellies and heat to keep us warm.  The bottom line, Trudeau does not understand us. 


The End 

Many examples around the world support this premise.  I am presently in another country that does not even mention electric vehicles or have one charging station – in the whole country.  They continue to use leaded gas, and there are so many more countries where the population has not even had the chance to rise above the most basic level of Maslow’s Hierarchy.  And now, many of us in Canada face this reality. 


It is not that we do not care about the environment, global warming, climate change and eliminating plastics.  It is that most of us just cannot.  We have our families to feed; we need to keep a roof over our heads and stay warm. 


Best wishes from “Facts that Matter.” 

Vancouver, BC 

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