Erich Fromm: The Art of Loving #106
Do we need to learn how to love?
Welcome back to another post in our year-long series of trying out different philosophies of life! In the previous posts, we talked about Erich Fromm’s rejection of the “mode of Having” and how he believes that embracing what he calls the “mode of Being” would make us happier people. But for this to work, society must play its part. Capitalism, according to Fromm, is to blame because it encourages and cultivates the wrong attitude towards material possessions. And modern technology traps us in lives that are convenient but unfulfilling.
Is love an art?
But Fromm found his biggest popular success with a book about love. In “The Art of Loving,” he makes the case that love is often misunderstood as this romantic notion, often seen in movies, of people “falling in love,” of love being something that happens to us without us being able to resist or control the experience.