Agree or Disagree?

Fromm’s diagnosis of Man in Escape From Freedom

“Man’s brain lives in the twentieth century; the heart of most men lives still in the Stone Age.  The majority of men have not yet acquired the maturity to be independent, to be rational, to be objective.  They need myths and idols to endure the fact that man is all by himself, that there is no authority which gives meaning to life except man himself.  Man represses the irrational passions of destructiveness, hate, envy, revenge; he worships power, money, the sovereign state, the nation; while he pays lip service to the teachings of the great spiritual leaders of the human race, those of Buddha, the prophets, Socrates, Jesus, Mohammed–he has transformed these teachings into a jungle of superstition and idol-worship.”

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One Response to Agree or Disagree?

  1. Ross says:

    I don’t really think there’s an argument here beyond “boo religion, yay rationality.”

    I agree that “man is all by himself, that there is no authority which gives meaning to life except man himself.” But I don’t think society would necessarily ascend to some higher level of awesomeness If Only Everyone Agreed With Me.

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