Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
cathy_edgett

Erich Fromm!

 

I would say that what people really mean by happiness is unlimited consumption. We are a society of consumers. I think if you ask people what their concept of Heaven is, they would say, that it is a big department store with new things every week, all the money to buy them. Actually we are the eternal suckling, the eternal baby who wants the bottle.

Happiness should be not an aim in itself but something that accompanies intense relatedness to many things - to man, to nature - a relatedness that does not exclude deep sadness, because one cannot remain sensitive and responsive to the world without often being deeply sad.

 

Erich Fromm

 

I received the above from Candice this morning.  I sit with that second paragraph.  I woke at midnight.  I am affected by living in a state that executes a man.  I pray today for a new awareness of relatedness that makes education our highest priority.  Imagine what this world could be if our military budget were turned over to teachers, therapists and somatic workers.

In Sweden, juvenile delinquents are given massage training.  It makes all the difference for them.

Ah, Imagine!!   And so I do!

May your day be rich in relatedness, and may this state, this country, wake.

 

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