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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