Session 7 -The Engine of Development


Indeed, what have we done wrong? How did we end up in a situation where we do not know how to handle ourselves, where we are experiencing crises in society, and in life in general? We are feeling only the negative side of the crisis, only the pangs, and not the birth.


If we examine ourselves and our development, we will see that our entire development results from our desires, from constantly wanting more.


We previously had small desires. We wanted to live in the countryside with a few cows, a few hens, and a piece of land. A man had a wife, children, he lived his life, and he knew that, "this is life."


Then, a bigger desire awakened, which prompted us to trade. We sold our products in the market, and bought other products in return. For example, a farmer would arrive at the city and see that there is a new kind of plow that can till the ground more efficiently. He worked harder or borrowed money to buy the machine, and thus he was able to produce bigger crops.


This is how we evolved, connected among us. The ego grew and prompted us to develop. Our entire history is based on such developments in human desires.


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The development of human desires motivates the development of humanity in all realms.

Main Points

  • Our desires evolve from small, basic desires to greater, more qualitative desires.
  • The growing desires make the connections between people stronger.


Dopamine causes us to want, desire, seek out, and search. It increases our general level of arousal and our goal-directed behavior.

"What is the role of dopamine in reward: hedonic impact, reward learning, or incentive salience?"

McClelland's Need Theory, created by a psychologist David McClelland, is a motivational model that attempts to explain how the needs for achievement, power and affiliation affect the actions of people from a managerial context.

"Need Theory"

Maslow's theory suggests that the most basic level of needs must be met before the individual will strongly desire the secondary or higher level needs.

"Hierarchy of Needs"

Engage Yourself

Question 3: Please describe at least one desire that is unique to our generation and has motivated humanity toward greater advancements.

Question 2: In your view, which of the following examples best illustrates the idea that man develops according to the development of his desire?

Before you begin with the first exercise, please read a bit about "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs" from Wikipedia.

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One of the most beautiful examples of the power of desire is the "Marshmallow Experiment." In the test, a child is placed in front of a marshmallow, and upon leaving the room and leaving the child alone, the adult promises the child that if he will not eat the marshmallow until the adult returns, he will be rewarded with 2 marshmallows. This test is designed to test the child's ability to delay gratification. It is also a wonderful opportunity to observe the enormous power that motivates humans from within—our desires. Watch the video and see for yourself.

Question 1: Would you eat the marshmallow?