Vegetarian Ideal

Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
- Albert Einstein

Friday, December 9, 2011

Erich Fromm: Atheistic Mystic

Erich Fromm was born in 1900 in Frankfurt, Germany. His father was a business man and, according to Erich, rather moody. His mother was frequently depressed. In other words, like quite a few of people, his childhood wasn't very happy.

Like Jung, Fromm came from a very religious family, in his case orthodox Jews. Fromm himself later became what he called an atheistic mystic.

Quotes:  Erich Fromm

“The ultimate choice for a man, inasmuch as he is driven to transcend himself, is to create or to destroy, to love or to hate.”

Authority is not a quality one person "has," in the sense that he has property or physical qualities. Authority refers to an interpersonal relation in which one person looks upon another as somebody superior to him.

"Both dreams and myths are important communications from ourselves to ourselves. If we do not understand the language in which they are written, we miss a great deal of what we know and tell ourselves in those hours when we are not busy manipulating the outside world."

"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties."

"Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction."

"If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to all others, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism."

"If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?"

"Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'"

"In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two."

"In the nineteenth century the problem was that God is dead. In the twentieth century the problem is that man is dead."

"Just as love is an orientation which refers to all objects and is incompatible with the restriction to one object, so is reason a human faculty which must embrace the whole of the world with which man is confronted."

"Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality."

"Love is often nothing but a favorable exchange between two people who get the most of what they can expect, considering their value on the personality market."

"Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence."
Erich Fromm

Love is union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one's own self.

Man always dies before he is fully born.
Erich Fromm

"Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve."

"Man's biological weakness is the condition of human culture."

"Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality."

"Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies."

"The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent."

"The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have."

"The ordinary man with extraordinary power is the chief danger for mankind - not the fiend or the sadist."

"The psychic task which a person can and must set for himself is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity."

"The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers."

"The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal."

"The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity."

"There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail."

"There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love."

"There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers."

"There is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself."

"There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or to be acted out under the guise of virtue."

"To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable."

"To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime."

We all dream; we do not understand our dreams, yet we act as if nothing strange goes on in our sleep minds, strange at least by comparison with the logical, purposeful doings of our minds when we are awake.

"We live in a world of things, and our only connection with them is that we know how to manipulate or to consume them."

"What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal."

"Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies."

"Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?"

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