I believe in self-actualization as a means to happiness, not as an end unto itself. The peace, joy, and love for self and others that results from true happiness is the goal. Focusing on "extreme" self-actualization would be problematic if the motives were questionable. Extreme Apple seems to have worked out well, but extreme Enron? Extreme Barry Bonds? Extreme Martha Stewart? Extreme Bernie Madoff? Will the world be better if we all take steroids? Engage in insider trading? Drive faster? Work harder? As a cancer survivor I know what happens when cell growth gets extreme. I am convinced that super-sizing myself would be a mistake. As a disciple of Christ, I'd rather attempt to develop along the lines of a better example.
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