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Needs
Needs

Needs are invoked with regard to children in what is often rather too ready, let alone too pious a manner. The important qualification is always to be able to tell the difference between needs and wants, and to confine the discussion of needs to certain basic requirements common to all human beings, including shelter, food, warmth, sex, loving-kindness and the sufficient company of others, safety, order. But as soon as such a list is nominated, there bursts out (and quite rightly) a clamour of dissent and elaboration: ‘Oh, you can't miss out and it is certainly the case that people come to regard as needful what started out, frequently, as a luxury. Most people would now think of telephones and television as domestic necessities, ...

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