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review To Have or to Be Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB Ó To Have Or to Be is one of the seminal books of the second half of the 20th century Nothing less than a manifesto for a new social and psychological revolution to save our threatened planet this book is a summary of the penetrating thought of Eric Fromm His thesis is that two modes of eSsessions power and aggression and is the basis of the universal evils of greed envy and violence; and the being mode which is based on love the pleasure of sharing and in productive activity. I could feel my life change while reading this My copy which was used in the first place is now well underlined dog eared and full of post its for easy reference

To Have or to BeSsessions power and aggression and is the basis of the universal evils of greed envy and violence; and the being mode which is based on love the pleasure of sharing and in productive activity. I could feel my life change while reading this My copy which was used in the first place is now well underlined dog eared and full of post its for easy reference

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To Have or to Be Ô To Have Or to Be is one of the seminal books of the second half of the 20th century Nothing less than a manifesto for a new social and psychological revolution to save our threatened planet t. To have or to be“I have a problem” or “I am troubled” “I have insomnia” or “I cannot sleep”In To Have or To BE the psychologist Erich Fromm describes the having and the being modes of existence and argues for the latter Do we live in the realm of objects to get them to manage them to secure them to use them Or do we live in the realm of experiences to sense our surroundings to relate to other to understand ourselves Fromm published the book in 1976 but his analysis of society remains relevant for our contemporary life “Because the society we live in is devoted to acuiring property and making a profit we rarely see any evidence of the being mode of existence and most people see the having mode as the most natural mode of existence even the only acceptable way of life All of which makes it especially difficult for people to comprehend the nature of the being mode and even to understand that having is only one possible orientation” We have seen some of the havoc such as the recent recession this imbalance between the two modes could cause This book reveals to us the other mode of living the being mode and helps us understand the arena in which we live and the challenges we have to overcome Fromm proposes that the new society would bring about the new Man and he listed such an individual’s twenty one traits including “willingness to give up all forms of having in order to fully be” So he believes that once we remove the external corrupting factors we can achieve such an ideal And I wonder whether he was in the having mode when he proposed such a solution Still I recommend this book for the insight into one dimension of the human condition—the dynamics between having and being This book lays out the landscape of our contemporary society along this axis and helps us assess our mentality and way of life and navigate the obstacles between the two modes of living And though Fromm’s new Man may seem utopian in light of our internal and external constraints we can strive toward a balance between having and being knowing the journey may be as important if not so than the goal review å eBook or Kindle ePUB Ö Erich Fromm

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Erich Fromm Ö 3 summary His book is a summary of the penetrating thought of Eric Fromm His thesis is that two modes of existence struggle for the spirit of humankind the having mode which concentrates on material po. I consider this book by Erich Fromm to be a masterpiece of thought I read it in my twenties after returning from a long overseas trip and returning to a large city for work It just seemed to sum up everything I was thinking about Western society's obsession with materialism and consumerism and the conseuential destruction of the environment and the basic values of humanity It's a short book but Fromm seems to be able to concisely and elouently get his point across with incredible impact with astonishingly simple insights Here's an example Through a number of steps eighteenth century capitalism underwent a radical change economic behaviour became separate from ethics and human values And another the physical survival of the human race depends on a radical change of the human heart He goes onto explain the psychological imperfection of the possessive mode of humanity in contrast to the being mode To draw an analogy it is similar in this approach to the documentary The Corporation The corporations are compared to having the psychological profile of a psychopath whereas Fromm dissects Western society as having the psychological profile of an immature possessive character whose life is directed towards hoarding things whether it be money material possessions or emotionsAs you read through the passages and chapters you get the impressions that all is not doom and gloom Fromm is an optimist and he offers his perspectives on what the New Man and the New Society could possibly look like He does this without the reader feeling as if it is an impossible utopian and unobtainable vision On the other hand the reader feels charged with a responsibility to see through Fromm's vision To have or to be now that is the uestion