Maat: Egyptian Teachings

Maat: Egyptian Teachings

by Adam Goodwin | 2014 | Last Updated: March 19, 2014


Maat is the ancient Egyptian philosophy of balance and symmetry.  Why would I write a blog post about this ancient Egyptian philosophy?

The philosophy of Maat was developed by the Egyptians to meet complex needs; needs, I believe, are slowly developing in the current civilization of human creatures.  The other reason, I have had the privilege to visit Egypt a few times over the past few years, and look forward to my return soon.

Maat Development

As the empire of Egypt grew over 5000 years, the diversity within Ancient Egypt became much more complex and diverse.  There were more issues of competing ideas, values, and cultures within the civilization.  As the empire realized this could lead to chaos, the rulers developed the Maat philosophy to try and bring order to the kingdom, and ensure there was balance between competing interests, wants, and needs.

Increasingly Complex

Just as the Egyptians realized they were living in an ever increasingly complex, diverse, and interdependent civilization, today, I believe, there is a similar trend.  And I don’t mean just between humans and humans.

There is also an increasingly complex relationship between man (i.e., all humans) and Mother Nature.  Humans, since the late 1800’s, realized the massive impact the human race has on nature, and that nature is not an infinite resource.  And we all do have an impact. Each human lives interdependently with Mother Nature.  We rely on Mother Nature to support the human nation.

With increased wars and a lack of peace in the world, we increasingly will rely on principles such as Maat, to live in harmony with others.  To realize the many differences that exist in the world between cultures, populations, nations, and ethnicities, and yet, that we are all, in the end, part of the Animal Kingdom.

Call to Action

How can we all have a little bit more Maat in our day-to-day lives?  How can we ensure we are sensitive to other interests, wants, and needs?

Further Reading

Based on your reading of this blog, you may also be interested in: G.F. (click here).


These are one person’s thoughts and opinions.  I welcome and strive to get your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with me via social media.

Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog.

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