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The Great Humanistic Philosopher and Psychologist Erich Fromm on What Self-Love Really Means and Why It Is the Basic Condition for a Sane Society | Brain Pickings

Erich Fromm
Written by JoAnn Chateau

Our society is insane and in pain. It’s time to re-read Erich Fromm. Brain Pickings reviews Fromm’s classic, The Sane Society (1955), taking particular note of Fromm’s argument that “all-inclusive love must begin with self-love.”

“…Can we… celebrate what we cannot accept and therefore cannot love?

How to break this Möbius strip of self-rejection is what the great humanistic philosopher and psychologist Erich Fromm (March 23, 1900–March 18, 1980) explores in a portion of his timeless… treatise The Sane Society — the source of Fromm’s increasingly timely wisdom on our best shot at saving ourselves from ourselves…”

~ Maria Popova

With Fromm in mind, here’s another timely read: Will Americans Submit to Despotism in an Urge to “Escape from Freedom”? Erich Fromm Saw It Coming | Salon

What the world needs is love.


About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


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