This post was inspired by an episode of CSI Las Vegas while the excerpt below is borrowed from Infed.org
To Have or To Be (1976) was Erich Fromm’s last major work. In it he argues that two ways of existence were competing for ‘the spirit of mankind’ – having and being. The having mode looks to things and material possessions and is based on aggression and greed. The being mode is rooted in love and is concerned with shared experience and productive activity. The dominance of the having mode (as he argued in The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness) was bringing the world to the edge of disaster (ecological, social and psychological). Erich Fromm argued that only a fundamental change in human character ‘from a preponderance of the having mode to a preponderance of the being mode of existence can save us from a psychological and economic catastrophe’ (1976: 165) and set out some ways forward.
In the light of the recent world financial crisis you have to think he wasn’t far off the mark with his prediction. All I can say is stop having and start being as it is a far better state to live in.
ITEM 325 OF 365 LESS THINGS
More sports memorabilia that has been hidden away in a box in the top of a wardrobe somewhere out of sight our of mind.
5 Things I am grateful for today
- Hubby made the bed
- Finding the giddy up to finally wash the car and do the ironing.
- International food – My family love variety and so do I
- Beautiful spring weather – I know I have mentioned this more than once but it us usually hot as Hades by now but it is just nice a I am loving it.
- Liam is getting back into his old life – It’s as scary as hell for me but I have to be brave and trusting.