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Only a fundamental change in our character, in the way we do things, will save us from a psychological and economic disaster.

‘the physical survival of the human race depends on a radical change of the human heart.

Erich Fromm

The German-born humanistic philosopher and social psychologist Erich Fromm spent most of his working life trying to understand the human condition — and its predicament. He came to the conclusion that only a fundamental change in our character, in the way we do things, will save us from a psychological and economic disaster. He saw clearly what was on the cards if human nature was to continue along the same lines, and without making a change in its current course. In the several decades since Fromm’s writings — he died on March 18th, 1980 — we have seen how our human trajectory has taken us on a course toward these converging lines of breakdown. In Fromm’s thinking, it is necessary, in fact critical, that human civilization makes a shift from a ‘having’ mode to a ‘being’ mode.

Author of over fifteen books — including non-fiction, novels, essays, poetry, philosophy, and children’s books. Lives in Andalusia — www.kingsleydennis.com

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