You know, I thought I was gonna have to chime in and write a post similar to what Decks wrote on the first page.
I think I am very pleasant surprised that a lot of people took what he had to say and built largely upon throughout the thread.
That's pretty neat to see.
Usually when I get into this discussion with people; or hell, when I mostly see this topic come up on this forum, it usually seems to fall deep into a complete mess where by everyone is considering the past of humanity and not the future. Everyone always seems to throw maslow out the window in this debate.
If we could achieve a point where Maslow's first tier was UNQUESTIONABLY covered, I think as a whole, we could really start to edge up the entire world towards the top of Maslow's Hierarchy of needs. The problem in today's world is we keep fighting the bottom tier for now real logical reason save greed.