Martyrdom must be a powerful impulse. Why else would then some otherwise normal people throw themselves into destruction?
In the tussle between Maslow and Nietzsche, it is certainly the latter’s “will to power” that must prevail. After all, we have all seen men sacrifice all the comforts at the base of their needs pyramids for a chance at glory and higher standing among their peers. In fact, Maslow may have had the priorities of a social being exactly upside-down in his hierarchy of needs — as it appears that people first and foremost seek, like homing missiles, to locate the precise part of the hierarchy of their peer group where they unequivocally belong.