... things like truth, love, beauty, and justice are widely recognized as core human needs and motivators, as important as the need for food, water, shelter, and sex. Oh, I know, there are those who already recognize the importance of those motivations. But they’re “fuzzy humanists” who aren’t taken seriously by more “realistic” thinkers like biologists, evolutionary psychologists, economists, and bankers.
To the extent that those “rigorous” thinkers – think rigor mortis – recognize truth, love, beauty and justice, they try to reduce them to some variety of rational self-interest in service of genes and power.
Those people don’t know what they’re talking about. Alas, they run the world, or are attempting to do so. In the end the world will defeat them, but they make take the rest of us down with them.