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To Have or to Be? by Erich Fromm

To Have or to Be? (1976)

by Erich Fromm

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This book consists of excerpts from books by Fromm and interviews with him, organized topically by the editor. This approach emphasizes a few points in each chapter, often rather redundantly. Fromm criticizes modern civilization for how it tends to change human character. Every society shapes its members, beyond their individual dispositions, into what that society needs: warriors, farmers, factory workers, etc. Fromm sees industrial society as reducing individuals to workers and consumers, trapping them in the dynamics of "having", which interferes with their broader human potential for "being". ( )
  BobCulley | Oct 5, 2014 |
I saw this book in the secondhand shop in Sharrow and didn't buy it. Then yesterday I cycled down to say goodbye to the Greek man selling his gift shop and to buy a lunch in the Sharrow Marrow and after locking up the bike I went back into the book shop and bought this book after all. I read some in the cafe spilling tea on its early pages then I biked through Endcliffe Park and got off the bike, sat on the grass and read some more. When I got home I read some more. All the time thinking - he wrote this in the seventies and yet it is fresh and speaks to us from the author's grave. No higher praise than this. ( )
  adrianburke | Aug 7, 2014 |
Attualmente è il libro che più mia ha colpito e cambiato. Semplice e tecnico allo stesso istante,Fromm promuove una concezione della vita,e dei valori che ne concerne, nuova, oserei rivoluzionaria. Rigetta con eleganza i capisaldi delle società edonistiche coltivando nel cuore del lettore il sentimento più sincero e onesto,avvicinandolo all'utopia in realtà possibile. ( )
  Pemo | Aug 7, 2013 |
Fromm states that people in our society have become obsessed with acquiring property, keeping it and increasing it. People become property to be owned and used. He rejects the ideas of the enlightenment and those thinkers who believe people can live freely and trade with one another maintaining a respect for each other through sharing mutual values. His views about people seem to stem from a static view of power rather than a dynamic view of the possibilities for individuals who choose to live a flourishing life. He claims that humans have a deeply rooted desire to express themselves, yet he does not explain the apparent contradiction between this view and the social structure that forces people to have rather than to be. Joy is experienced through productive behavior which, for Fromm often ends in sadness. It was disappointing to read a book that was contradictory on so many levels. ( )
  jwhenderson | May 27, 2013 |
Super, tek kelimeyle muhtesem bir kitap. Fromm aslinda her kitabinda biraz tekrar ediyor kendini, ama ne kadar soylese yine az. Bu kitabi icine sindirsen ve yasamina uygulasan bir bilge olur cikarsin, ama yalnizca okumak bile cok aydinlatici. Fromm'un en cok hosuma giden yanlarindan biri de aslinda bir tur self help gibi olmasina ragmen, insanligin cikarini ya da aydinlik gelecegini on planda tutmasi, kisinin keyifni degil, herseye genis acidan bakmasi, ve tum insanlari kardes gibi dusunmesi. Ama tabii ki beni en cok etkileyen yani mistik tarafi, zaten sufizmden etkilenmis. ( )
  Ivanhaiku | Sep 29, 2009 |
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The Way to do is to be. [Lao-tse]
People should not consider so much what they are to do, as what they are. [Meister Eckhart]
The less you are and the less you express of your life - the more you have and the greater is your alientated life. [Karl Marx]
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The Great Promise of Unlimited Progress - the promise of domination of nature, of material abundance, of the greatest happiness for the greatest number, and of unimpeded personal freedom - has sustained the hopes and faith of the generations since the beginning of the industrial age.
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Erich Fromm’s groundbreaking examination of an age-old question, and a stunning look at how to pursue a life with purpose and meaning Life in the modern age began when people no longer lived at the mercy of nature and instead took control of it. We planted crops so we didn’t have to forage, and produced planes, trains, and cars for transport. With televisions and computers, we don’t have to leave home to see the world. Somewhere in that process, the natural tendency of humankind went from one of being and of practicing our own human abilities and powers, to one of having by possessing objects and using tools that replace our own powers to think, feel, and act independently. Fromm argues that positive change—both social and economic—will come from being, loving, and sharing. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erich Fromm including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.… (more)

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