Originally Posted by RotoFury
C'mon, man. I leave plenty of room for varying passions -- romanticizing visions even -- but some of this is getting a bit ... err ... treacle. It sounds as if Maslow needs to rewrite his heirarchy of needs to put Skiing at the summit above Self-Actualization!
However, it could be possible that through skiing many people reach self realization. Many cultures equate certian activities with moving from one state of conciousness to another; for those who ski, and enjoy it, skiing might pose as an activity in which someone reaches outside themselves and finds purpose. To presume that someones mind can not reach a state such as this through such an activity as skiing in some ways go against your argument of Maslow.
I think it would be safe to say that skiing for some can fulfill all the needs in Maslows hierarchle system. physiological, safety, love, esteem needs can all be met with an activity such as skiing. Furthermore once these needs are met we are closer to "self actualization".
I might agree with you that it would not be placed above "self actualiztion", however, without a doubt in my mind skking can be a tool in which one can find "self actualization."
I read a lot of Kahlil Gibran and I think he describes what I am trying to say beautifully,For self is a sea boundless and measureless. Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth."Say not, "I have found the path of the soul." Say rather, "I have met the soul walking upon my path."For the soul walks upon all paths.The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.the soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals
Cheers and great skiing!!