“To be an egoist refers not only to my behavior but to my character. It means: that I want everything for myself; that possessing, not sharing, gives me pleasure; that I must become greedy because if my aim is having, I am more the more I have”, To Have Or To Be?, Fromm ‘76 [1/2]
“...that I must feel antagonistic toward all others: my customers whom I want to deceive, my competitors whom I want to destroy, my workers whom I want to exploit. I can never be satisfied, because there is no end to my wishes”, To Have Or To Be?, Fromm ‘76 [2/2]
Fromm’s diagnosis from 1976 is eerily on display by much of the modern-day tech industry. Growth Uber Alles treated as a virtue rather than a vice. Celebrated with every wannabe monopolist ringing their IPO bell. Meet the new boss; same as the old boss - just more delusional.
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