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Erich Fromm's physique of labor, written greater than 50 years in the past, used to be prophetic of the modern second: more and more, worldwide society is threatened by way of the many-headed monster of company greed, neo-liberalism, nihilism, severe fundamentalist ideals, and their ensuing results at the wildlife and the lived lives of individuals. Fromm truly warned us of the peril of the misuse of know-how and the harmful nature of man's perverse wish to own, regulate and/or damage. via his theories of getting vs. being, the significance of wish as lively resistance, and his idea of freedom because the means to like self, and others, Fromm inspired his readers to domesticate biophilic methods of being on the earth that would counter and heal the upcoming necrophilic plunder of man's hubris. This multi-authored quantity sheds new gentle on Fromm's forgotten function within the formation of latest notion via an enticing number of reflexive and old narratives from fields of sociology, scientific psychology, political technology, serious thought of faith and schooling. Key options from his physique of labor are interpreted and expressed in ways in which provide hopeful and humane choices to the current worldwide stipulations of depression, greed and depersonalization.
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Productive and authentic love does not have this character. PRODUCTIVE LOVE In discussing how to move into positive freedom, Fromm (1947) talks about the importance of love and productiveness. He suggests that genuine love is rooted in productiveness and he refers to this as productive love. Productive love includes care, responsibility, respect, and knowledge. He states: To love a person productively implies care and to feel responsible for his life, not only for his physical existence but for the growth and development of all his human powers.
If we want to reclaim a sane society, we must not only create the external conditions for sanity, but we must help develop the internal conditions which will reinforce the sane society. Fromm goes into great detail in the beginning chapters of Escape from Freedom (1941) to demonstrate that “The breakdown of the medieval system of feudal society had one main significance for all classes of society: the individual was left alone and isolated” (p. 99). Yes, he was free, in the sense of being free from traditional bonds, however, this freedom had a twofold result.