The Sane Society has ratings and 93 reviews. Elena said: This book has been a psychological survival manual for me. I will always be indebted to Fr. 23 Mar The Sane Society: The Great Humanistic Philosopher and Psychologist Erich Fromm on How to Save Us From Ourselves. “The whole life of the. The Sane Society is a continuation and extension of the brilliant psychiatric concepts Erich Fromm first formulated in Escape from Freedom; it is also, in many .

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The solutions might seem idealistic, yet it is a call for the humanitarian process of life in a way that we improve the economic, social, and spiritual aspects of our lives. All that matters is that nothing is too serious, that one exchanges views, and that one is ready to accept any opinion or conviction if there is such a thing as being as good as the other. Here are some more quotes: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

He’s given me better arguments than I could have forged on my own against falling into fdomm despair in the face of a world that often seems Tje thus, even though man makes history, he is not master of his destiny. In a socialist society it becomes possible to choose between a further extension of the social division of labor, or its reduction by means such as interchangeability of functions.

He spends a good third of his book writing on ‘man in capitalistic society,’ attempting to show how the socio-economic structure of such results in the insanity he sees as so prevalent, yet, taking after R. In this sense, Fromm seems to suffer from the decided lack of imagination on the part of many ‘leftists’ of his day it’s hardly different now Freud, of course, emphasized the unconscious, biological drives, repression, and so on.

Some good diagnosis, poor treatment Fromm has some decent insights into man’s problems: The sense of threat, the fear of dehumanization, must have been felt acutely in that era. The fetishistic relationship between men and their production embraces social consciousness and dominates general behavior.


It is such under the exploitative capital-labor relationship.

But at any new step, at any new stage of our birth, we are afraid again. I will always be indebted to Fromm for providing me with a way to hold on to hope in the spiritual progress of the human experiment in what is often a spiritually barren world.

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Fromm examines man’s escape into overconformity and the danger of robotism in contemporary How is this book different than his other book, Escape from Freedom? Kindle Editionpages. There may very well be certain elements of human society that worked better for us in the past, but it seems inarguable that there are many ways in which there has been enormous progress, and I suppose I’m an optimist in that I believe it is possible to keep much of the progress and still yet find a way to not be insane.

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It led me to specific sorts of political activism bioregionalism it was called then; localism is the current, perhaps more diluted incarnationand it actually prevented me from becoming enthralled with postmodernism throughout college at that time, postmodernism was almost mandatory for intellectuals; I’ll never forget one of my philosophy teachers squinting at me appraisingly then saying, “I get it — you’re a humanist!

But the basic message that the entire structure and expectations and ambitions of a society can, in fact, be insane I believe to be undoubtedly the case, and it’s somewhat depressing to realize that this book was written 55 years ago, and that the message has been repeated, and even accepted and believed countle It’s a little difficult to unpack the parts that are mistaken or just products of the time, and those that at least so far still seem to be very true, since they are so well intertwined.

He does a pretty good job of winnowing what’s valuable about Freud from what’s not. In capita How can a book like this exist since ? Erich Fromm investigates the sanity of the present society.

In The Sane SocietyFromm examines the alienating effects vromm modern capitalism, and discusses historical and contemporary alternatives, particularly communitarian systems. They use television to erichh up political personalities as they use it to build up a soap; what matters is the effect, in sales or votes, not the rationality or usefulness of what is presented.


He’s right– it is an indicator of an insane or, as the contemporary types like to say nowadays “unsustainable” society– but it’s a survival strategy for us wage slaves in that insane society. I’ve been hearing all these arguments my entire life, who knew they started even earlier then that well technically they started around Marx. Added to PP index Total downloads 25frich 2, Recent downloads 6 months 5 94, of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

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The wisdom here is that should we stubbornly persist in clinging to this higher self’s claims, we will pay the price in isolation. He found out that there are manifestations of social sickness that afflicts and distorts human relationship. Return to Book Page. What’s also interesting is that he proposes a ‘universal subsistence guarantee’, a variant of the currently highly discussed universal basic ericg his variant is closer to regular unemployment money as it expires after a few years so people don’t just sit around and do nothing.

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After imagining my own death Without a sustained link to our higher self, there can be no authentic success, belonging, not to mention love or sense of meaning.

It’s interesting that he incorporated this English peculiarity in his writing. Published March 26th by Open Road Media first published soxiety Ultimately, they’re espousing the Ten Commandments.

B TranscendenceCreativeness vs Destructiveness. It is hard to believe in the face of this gross matter-of-factness that we have a higher self that we should be true to.