Erich Fromm: The Alienation of Modern Man






We are a society of notoriously unhappy people: lonely, anxious, depressed, destructive, dependent - people who are glad when we have killed the time we are trying so hard to save.


Erich Fromm

To Have or To Be?


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We consume, as we produce, without any concrete relatedness to the objects with which we deal; We live in a world of things, and our only connection with them is that we know how to manipulate or to consume them.


Erich Fromm

The Sane Society


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Man does not only sell commodities, he sells himself and feels himself to be a commodity.


Erich Fromm

The Fear of Freedom


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Modern man, if he dared to be articulate about his concept of heaven, would describe a vision which would look like the biggest department store in the world, showing new things and gadgets, and himself having plenty of money with which to buy them.


Erich Fromm

The Sane Society


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Modern capitalism needs men who cooperate smoothly and in large numbers; who want to consume more and more; and whose tastes are standardized and can be easily influenced and anticipated... What is the outcome ? Modern man is alienated from himself, from his fellow men, and from nature. He has been transformed into a commodity, experiences his life forces as an investment which must bring him the maximum profit obtainable under existing market conditions.


Erich Fromm

The Art of Loving


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Modern man lives under the illusion that he knows what he wants, while he actually wants what he is supposed to want.


Erich Fromm

The Fear of Freedom


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We are not on the way to greater individualism, but are becoming an increasingly manipulated mass civilization.


Erich Fromm

The Revolution of Hope


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A vast sector of modern advertising ... does not appeal to reason but to emotion; like any other kind of hypnoid suggestion, it tries to impress its objects emotionally and then make them submit intellectually.


Erich Fromm

To Have or To Be ?