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Marx' opium statement revisited

Karl Marx is back. The specter is haunting again. The Capital appears to be vindicated by the crisis of global capitalism.

I will leave economics with the economists. 1,576 more words


<十四> Art of Loving

I went home for the weekend, and we got no internet at home and couldn’t blog for two days, yeah I know, NO INTERNET! Sorry future me! 273 more words


Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom (Progress in the Mind & Heart)

…It becomes ever increasingly clear to many students of man and of the contemporary scene that the crucial difficulty with which we are confronted lies in the fact that the development of man’s intellectual capacities has far outstripped the development of his emotions. 284 more words


Kierkegaard on fundamentalists who have the cocksureness of a fool

“The self-assured believer is a greater sinner in the eyes of God than the troubled disbeliever.”

Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving (Faith)

What is faith? Is faith necessarily a matter of belief in God, or in religious doctrines? Is faith by necessity in contrast to, or divorced from, reason and rational thinking? 1,275 more words


Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving (Equality)

Most people are not even aware of their need to conform. They live under the illusion that they follow their own ideas, and inclinations, that they are individuals, that they have arrived at their opinions as the result of their own thinking – and that it just happens that their ideas are the same as those of the majority. 530 more words


Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving (Overcoming Loneliness)

…What is essential in the existence of man is the fact that he has emerged from the animal kingdom, from instinctive adaptation, that he has transcended nature – although he never leaves it; he is a part of it – and yet once torn away from nature, he cannot return to it; once thrown out of paradise – a state of original oneness with nature – cherubim with flaming swords block his way… Man can only go forward by developing his reason, by finding a new harmony, a human one, instead of the prehuman harmony which is irrevocably lost. 1,162 more words