- A home, a resting place, a house of safety. It needs to protect them from the elements and from marauders alike.
- Food and Water
- A person can survive on no water for 3 days or no food for 3 weeks, but this strains the body terribly. Actually doing things while starving or being dehydrated cuts these times down immensely. As a rule, a person shouldn't go without either for very long at all. (Fasts and other events can be excepted.)
- Natural Bodily Processes
- I.E. Excretion, urination, sleep, sex, exercise, breathing. One obviously needs all of these to be a functioning person (and for some of these, a living one).
- A more intangible necessity for certain, but no less important. Being enslaved saps will and deadens convictions.
Now, clearly all of these could be lived without for short periods of time (we do this frequently). However, being restricted from any of these "bare necessities of life" slowly (or not so slowly) destroys people.
However, there's one thing missing here. And it's something quite obvious, but people routinely fool themselves into believing they don't need it. And that's Connection.
Besides the clear necessity of human interaction, there's something else that we instinctually need to be happy. I've done my level best to explain it in the following infographic. Original Content alert.
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I wish you luck and happiness.