Maslow argued that:
“In practically every human being…there is an active will toward health, an impulse toward growth, or toward the actualization of human potentialities….” Can you relate?
“But at once we are confronted with the very saddening realization that so few people make it…even in a society like ours which is relatively one of the most fortunate on the face of the earth. This is our great paradox….This is our new way of approaching the problem of humanness, ie. with an appreciation of its highest possibilities and simultaneously a deep disappointment that these possibilities are so infrequently realized. This attitude contrasts with the “realistic” acceptance of whatever happens to be the case, and then regrading that as the norm…We tend to get into the situation in which…this normalcy or averageness is the best we can expect, and that therefore we should be content with it. From the point of view that I have outlined, normalcy would be rather the kind of sickness or crippling or stunting that we share with everybody else and therefore don’t notice.”
This seems to be true, and that’s why we commit to a practice – because we’re not attached to the outcome, it’s a byproduct of our actions – which we would do either way…