Shot Callers and Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs
A “Shot Caller,” defined in the Urban Dictionary, here http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=shot%20caller
, is simply a person in a position of power that “calls the shots.” Similar terms are in common use nowadays including terms such as “boss,” “el hefe,” “OG,” etc.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, is something that every college kid learns. The image of the pyramid is here:
As an aside, compare Exeter’s inverted pyramid to this one. Notice anything? Anyhow . . .
Maslow, a psychologist, posited a theory “in his 1943 paper "A Theory of Human Motivation" in Psychological Review. Maslow subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans' innate curiosity.” From a simple google search, here:
So, let us now take a look at the phenomenon of the “Shot Caller,” in the context of two very different, but powerful groups, and relate this to Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs.
Shot Callers in Prison:
Here is a chilling portrait: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_22887233/211-crew-prison-gang-isolation-cells-cant-handcuff-leaders
There are any number of stories on prison shot callers. The stories are all the same. The leader of the prison gang is a gang member, mostly along racial lines, [see here for five prison rules from someone who was there: http://www.askmen.com/entertainment/special_feature_3800/3808_life-in-prison.html
someone who has risen up from the ranks, after doing dirty deeds. The fascinating part is that the shot caller is never one that is outside of prison. No. The shot caller is the one locked up!
Why is that? What kind of person aspires to this role? How can it be that the leader of the gang is the one inside prison? Does not the desire for freedom play a role in any of this? Does not the fact that being in prison means one got caught? So, should not the “shot caller” be on the outside? Is not the one who engaged in various nefarious activity and who successfully avoided being sentenced to prison better suited to be the leader?
Where does this fall on Maslow’s Hierarchy?
Desire for Power and Maslow’s Heirarchy:
Looking at Maslow’s pyramid, the highest level is defined as “Self-Actualization.” Here, at the top, one seeks morality, creativity, spontaneity, problem solving, lack of prejudice, acceptance of facts. This is the pinnacle. Below this, there is the need, according to Maslow, for self-esteem, confidence, achievement, respect of others, respect by others.
The pursuit of power, the demonstration of power, ruthlessness, it seems, well, that none of that is anywhere on the pyramid. Why not?
Taking a step further, in our western world, dominated by fiat currency, there is the golden rule: who has the gold makes the rules. That concept cannot seriously be debated or challenged. The super wealthy, aka, TPTB, call the shots. So, accumulation of insane wealth is simply another way of saying pursuit of power. Wealth = power.
Greed, avarice, accumulation of enormous sums of wealth, well, it seems too, that none of that is anywhere on the pyramid, either.
It seems pretty clear that prison gangsters have traditionally defined motivations according to Maslow. Look at the “Esteem” level. Is it not true that the prison shot callers want respect by others? Sure. Does this explain the desire to be a shot caller?
Why is there acceptance among the gangsters, that the shot caller is the one INSIDE jail, not outside? Is that inculcated in the gangsters at a young age? Where does the desire for freedom [at least in terms of not being in prison] rank on this pyramid?
Let’s look at the top of the pyramid. It seems to me that prison shot callers reach this pinnacle at the end of their lives, by turning state’s evidence and ratting on their own gang. Look at the LA Times article here: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/feb/08/local/la-me-drew-street9-2010feb09
Well, then, maybe we can compare prison gangster shot callers and that other group of insane power seekers, the banksters.
Are the Jamie Dimon types not exactly like prison gangsters in their pursuit of extreme wealth? Dimon, Paulson, Geithner, and others too many to mention, all of those depraved souls just like them in positions of power, pulling the levers of society, are they not all at the Esteem Level, seeking self-esteem, and respect? Do they not all just want power to fill their empty souls? Or is there something more?
Why is it that banksters operate outside prison, calling shots, but the prison gangsters are inside prison calling shots? What is the core distinction? What is driving this? And, what will entice a bankster to reach the Self-Actualization level?
Seems to me that the banksters are prisoners of their own construct. They are beholden to a system, in which they were raised, and earned their livelihood: fiat currency and the Wall Street Machine. They know nothing else. They cannot fathom anything else. Their existence is entirely dependent upon perpetuating the fiat system, they cannot even conceive of anything remotely taking the place of fiat currency.
But, as the western fiat currency scheme collapses in real time, the signs are everywhere, the banksters cannot and will not reach the final level. It will take a extreme anomaly for such to happen. Who will emerge as a world leader announcing the end of the Keynesian Experiment?
It will have to be tantamount to a prison “Shot Caller.” Who, among the highest ranking among the bankster class, has the desire for--or means to reach--self-actualization? Do not the rash of bankster "suicides" make it clear that there will be no self-actualization?
Who then, among that powerful bankster class, has both the desire, and means for self-actualization? No one. At least not that I have seen.
So, the system perpetuates as it nears and reaches collapse.
Hence, there does not seem to be any real opportunity for a gradual transition to a new financial system. As such, the new one will come by surprise.