X-Message-Number: 18468
From: "Mark Plus" <>
Subject: NYT Sunday Magazine: "The Trouble With Self-Esteem"
Date: Sat, 02 Feb 2002 09:03:58 -0800

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I've felt for quite awhile now that this "self-esteem" construct isn't 
particularly useful.  Why, for example, don't people professing all this 
"self-esteem" realize that they are facing a life-threatening EMERGENCY and 
begin to mobilize resources to conquer aging and death?  Could it be that 
they "esteem" their vulnerability and don't see it as a problem?

In my modified Maslovian view, by contrast, I place "self-esteem," along 
with other quality-of-life fantasies like love, happiness, finding one's 
"soul mate" and so forth well behind the fundamental needs of financial 
independence and finding ways to stop and reverse my aging process, along 
with reversible brain cryotransport in case I need it.  I find it absurd to 
"esteem" myself in my current state.

Mark Plus

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