Agency – being able to make a ‘me-shaped’ dent in the universe.
Mastery – having the chance and the means to learn new skills.
Autonomy – being free to choose how we make our dent.
That isn’t all we want as humans though. We also crave Purpose – to be doing this for something bigger than ourselves; and Community – to be doing it with like-minded people. And within that community, we also seek Status – to find our place and have others know it.
Gangs, drug rings and terrorist organisations provide these things in spades.