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To Have Or to Be? is one of the seminal books of the second half of the 20th century. Nothing less than a manifesto for a new social and psychological revolution to save our threatened planet, this book is a summary of the penetrating thought of Eric Fromm. His thesis is that two modes of existence struggle for the spirit of humankind: the having mode, which concentrates on material possessions, power, and aggression, and is the basis of the universal evils of greed, envy, and violence; and the being mode, which is based on love, the pleasure of sharing, and in productive activity. To Have Or to Be? is a brilliant program for socioeconomic change.
Foreword Introduction: The Great Promise, Its Failure, and New Alternatives Part 1: Understanding the Difference between Having and Being A First Glance Having and Being in Daily Experience Having and Being in the Old and New Testaments and in the Writings of Master Eckhart Part 2: Analyzing the Fundamental Differences between the Two Modes of Existence What Is the Having Mode?
What Is the Being Mode?
Further Aspects of Having and Being Part 3: The New Man and the New Society Religion, Character, and Society Conditions for Human Change and the Features of the New Man Features of the New Society Bibliography Index.
Posted December 17, 2003
I would give this book more than 5 stars... Every human being who cares about our living planet must read and understand this book, if necessary read and read again, until he or she becomes aware of our present life condition, and hence know that a change is of the utmost necessity, to save the planet, or else, to lose it and ourselves. Erich Fromm has given the world a new hope for a better future.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 12, 2002
This book talks of two modes of existence that seem simple but are really emotionally disturbing concepts when explained in depth. These types of orientations can be seen everywhere and explain everything from divorce to welfare. He shows with startling clarity than man in this capitalist society is destroying not only himself but the entire world and everyone on it. People have become talking zombies with scripts preprogrammed into their minds. If a person can read this book and not become inspired to change the world, he is really not a person at all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.