Erich Fromm, “Our Way of Life Makes Us Miserable”

Category : Psychology

Most Americans believe that our society of consumption-happy, fun-loving, jet-traveling people creates the greatest happiness for the greatest number. Contrary to this view, I believe that our present way of life leads to increasing anxiety, helplessness and, eventually, to the disintegration of our culture. I refuse to identify fun with pleasure, excitement with joy, busyness with happiness, or the faceless, buck-passing  “organization man” with an independent individual.

Source: The Saturday Evening Post 237.27 ( 25 July 1964): 8-10

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