Obsessed with Possessions

15 Oct

Once, the philosopher Erich Fromm forecast a society that was obsessed with possessions. He believe that human beings had two basic orientations: having and being. A person with a having orientation seeks to acquire and possess things, property, even people. But a person with a being orientation focuses on the experience. They derive meaning from exchanging, engaging, and sharing with other people.

Unfortunately, Fromm also predicted that a culture driven by commercialism, like the one we live in today, is doomed to the having orientation, which leads to dissatisfaction and emptiness. People is now easier to get what they wanted. However, to share, to offer, to give, or to sacrifice things they have to someone else is not that easy.

When we consider that in 1960, there was no such thing as public storage in America. Today, there’s over two billion square feet dedicated to it, makes us think Fromm had a point. My room is also seems smaller than ten years ago when I was first moving here, because I put more and more thing in it. Things don’t have to mean everything, nor they have to devoid the meaning. They are one of they ways in which we can experience and enjoy life.

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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Random Thought


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