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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.

 

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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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