Monday, November 13, 2006

Destuctiveness is the outcome of unlived life

It would seem that the amount of destructiveness to be found in individuals is proportionate to the amount to which expansiveness of life is curtailed . By this we do not refer to individual frustrations of this or that instinctive desire but to the thwarting of the whole life, the blockage of spontaneity of the growth and expression of man's sensuous, emotional, and intellectual capacities . Life has an inner dynamism of it's own; it tends to grow, to be expressed, to be lived . It seems that if this tendency is thwarted the energy directed towards life undergoes a process of decomposition and changes into energies directed towards destruction . In other words : the drive for life and the drive for destruction are not mutually independent factors but are in a reversed interdependence . The more the drive towards life is thwarted, the stronger is the drive towards destruction ; the more life is realised, the less is the strength of destructiveness . Destuctiveness is the outcome of unlived life .

Erich Fromm


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