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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning from the masters of living, 4 Oct 2000
This review is from: To Have or to be? (Paperback)
Erich Fromm is more 'fully human' than any other author I know of. He considers ideas introduced from many great people of the past (Spinoza, Marx, Eckhardt, Buddha) and identifies a common thread between them. He then uses this common theme in order to state that man has two options in deciding how to relate to this world - one based on selfishness and greed, the other based on love, solidarity, creativity. Anybody who has been influenced by books written by Buddhist authors (eg Dalai Lama, Hanh) will particularly benefit from reading this, although it is probably a more difficult read than these. Fromm raises aspects about the effects our society has on us that we generally don't realise. These effects are very damaging to us as people. The book should help people become aware of their inner nature - the true motives behind their actions.
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