From single cells to humans, my observations of life forms has led me to organize the human experience along the categories you see above.
Each category builds upon and is supported by the categories preceding, from left to right. They can also be viewed as a pyramid, with groups of four, three, two, and one categories stacking upon each other.
SECURITY LOCATION TRAVEL
WATER ENERGY FOOD SHELTER
For years, the pinnacle perplexed me. I just could not figure out what belonged there. Everything I thought of sounded so limited and arbitrary.
Based upon my personal values, I thought of “Creativity” residing at the pinnacle. After sharing this frustration with my family, my son mentioned “Happiness”. While I considered that as more broad and flexible than “Creativity”, it too seemed too limited.
Then it came to me. I realized that everything I had considered to reside at the pinnacle all had something in common, and categories below existed and manifested their efforts in support of it: “Purpose”.
The moment I considered it, I knew it was correct. For our journeys, supported by the nine other categories of the Freedom Pyramid, enable us to define and become aware of our purpose. The pyramid was complete!
With the passage of time, the purpose of Freedom Pyramid will come to express itself within these pages.
May your purpose also become manifest and fulfilled.
-Patrick Scott Donovan