Erich Fromm. To have or to be – The sane society

Erich Pinchas Fromm (Francoforte sul Meno, 23 marzo 1900 – Locarno, 18 marzo 1980)

Erich Pinchas Fromm (Francoforte sul Meno, 23 marzo 1900 – Locarno, 18 marzo 1980)

“The Great Promise of Unlimited Progress—the promise of domination of nature, of material abundance, of the greatest happiness for the greatest number, and of unimpeded personal freedom—has sustained the hopes and faith of the generations since the beginning of the industrial age. To be sure, our civilization began when the human race started taking active control of nature; but that control remained limited until the advent of the industrial age. With industrial progress, from the substitution of mechanical and then nuclear energy for animal and human energy to the substitution of the computer for the human mind, we could feel that we were on our way to unlimited production and, hence, unlimited consumption; that technique made us omnipotent; that science made us omniscient. We were on our way to becoming gods, supreme beings who could create a second world, using the natural world only as building blocks for our new creation” (To have or to be).

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The sane society (PDF)

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