Erich Fromm

from The Art of Being.

A person who has not been completely alienated, who has remained sensitive and able to feel, who has not lost the sense of dignity, who is not yet “for sale”, who can still suffer over the suffering of others, who has not acquired fully the having mode of existence – briefly, a person who has remained a person and not become a thing – cannot help feeling lonely, powerless, isolated in present-day society. He cannot help doubting himself and his own convictions, if not his sanity. He cannot help suffering, even though he can experience moments of joy and clarity that are absent in the life of his “normal” contemporaries. Not rarely will he suffer from neurosis that results from the situation of a sane man living in an insane society, rather than that of the more conventional neurosis of a sick man trying to adapt himself to a sick society.

din Arta de A Fi.

O persoana care nu a fost complet instrainata, care a ramas sensibila si capabila sa simta, care nu si-a pierdut sentimentul de demnitate, care nu este inca „de vanzare”, care poate suferi in continuare din cauza suferintei altora, care nu a adoptat pe deplin modul de existenta bazat pe a avea – pe scurt, o persoana care a ramas o persoana si nu a devenit un lucru – nu se poate impiedica sa nu se simta singura, neputincioasa, izolata in societatea de astazi. Ea nu se poate impiedica sa nu se indoiasca de sine si de convingerile sale, daca nu chiar de sanatatea ei. Nu se poate impiedica sa nu sufere, chiar daca poate trai momente de bucurie si de claritate care sunt absente in viata contemporanilor ei „normali”. Nu rareori ea va suferi de o nevroza care decurge din situatia unui om sanatos care traieste intr-o societate nesanatoasa, mai degraba decat de nevroza, mai conventionala, a unui om bolnav care incearca sa se adapteze la o societate bolnava.

The manuscript of The Art of Being was written months before Fromm’s death in 1980. It was published in 1986.
Manuscrisul pentru Arta de A Fi a fost scris de catre Fromm cu cateva luni inainte de a muri, in 1980. Cartea a fost publicata in 1986.

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