Quote of the Day

“We live in an economic system in which a particularly good crop is often an economic disaster, and we restrict some of our agricultural productivity in order to ‘stabilise the market’, although there are millions of people who do not have the very things we restrict, and who need them badly.. We have a literacy above 90 per cent of the population. We have radio, television, movies, a newspaper a day for everybody. But instead of giving us the best of past and present literature and music, these media of communication, supplemented by advertising, fill the minds of men with the cheapest trash, lacking in any sense of reality, with sadistic fantasies which a halfway cultured person would be embarrassed to entertain even once in a while.. We have reduced the average working hours to about half what they were one hundred years ago. We today have more free time available than our forefathers dared to dream of. But what has happened ? We do not know how to use the newly gained free time; we try to kill the time we have saved, and are glad when another day is over.”

– Erich Fromm, ‘The Sane Society’, 1955.

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