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Self-Love vs. Self-Awareness

Self-love can be both good and bad. Some people take self-love to the extreme. It can be a moral flaw and show true arrogance and selfishness. 184 more words

La conciencia.

La «conciencia» es un negrero que el hombre se ha colocado dentro de sí mismo y que lo obliga a obrar de acuerdo con los deseos y fines que él cree suyos propios, mientras que en realidad no son otra cosa que las exigencias sociales externas que se han hecho internas. 49 more words


Erich Fromm

from The Art of Being.

A person who has not been completely alienated, who has remained sensitive and able to feel, who has not lost the sense of dignity, who is not yet “for sale”, who can still suffer over the suffering of others, who has not acquired fully the having mode of existence – briefly, a person who has remained a person and not become a thing – cannot help feeling lonely, powerless, isolated in present-day society. 301 more words


Quotes & Commentary #18: Shakespeare

The lamentable change is from the best, / The worst return to laughter.

—Shakespeare, King Lear

This quote has been coming to my mind often, for the simple reason that, nowadays, it is a common joke to call something “the worst.” Saying this is inevitably ironic, if only because, as Shakespeare also pointed out in…

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Quotes And Commentary

Erich Fromm's The Heart of Man: Its Genius for Good and Evil (1964)

A study of the polarity of possible orientations on the basis of character and the first major statement Erich Fromm’s attempts to dissect what he saw as a further fundamental orientation present in western societies – a fascination with death and things (objects). 148 more words



I experience myself as “I” because I doubt, I protest, I rebel.

― Erich Fromm

Sane Society, 1955
Ch. 5 “Man in Capitalistic Society”
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Erich Fromm

Love is an activity, not a passive affect; it is a “standing in,” not a “falling for.” — Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving. (Harper Perennial Modern Classics; 15 Anv edition November 21, 2006)  Originally published 1956.