Erich Seligmann Fromm ( March 23, 1900 – March 18, 1980) was a German-born American social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist. He was one of the Founders of The William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology in New York City and was associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory.
“There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.”
Fromm’s quote above is very powerful as it is acted out today in too many of our extreme religious and/or political arenas.
Rather than expressing our indignation as the destructive forces of envy or hate, let’s express love, tolerance and peace among all people — modeling the behavior we wish to see in the world.
I believe we should do the same in our business dealings. Our competitors are not our enemies, but our co-workers, of a sort, in the marketplace. Let’s bring appreciation and respect into all our dealings with others.
Before I close, I want to share this last profound quote from Fromm:
“The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.”