Re: What inspires you?

I think the inspiration comes from a vision – a vision which is inspired by the need to self-transcend. We are saying let’s go below, beyond the _________ of needs, where _______ talks about self-actualization at the _______ stage. We’re saying that’s not good enough. Let’s go beyond self. So my inspiration – our inspiration – is rooted in the need to self-transcend, go beyond self and leave a legacy. What is the meaning of our lives? What will be our legacy 500 years from now? So the inspiration comes from the need to make a difference. The inspiration comes from the need to self-transcend and leave a legacy by going beyond self. Recorded On: 7/5/07

The need to self-transcend.

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