fromm spontaneous law
there is only one possible, productive solution for the relationship of individualized man w the world:
his active solidarity w all men and his spontaneous activity..
positive freedom consists in the spontaneous activity of the total, integrated personality
we approach here one of the most difficult problems of psychology: the problem of spontaneity.. latin sponte means: of one’s free will..
his failure is not essentially the result of his not having chosen the right magic person; it is the direct result of having tried to obtain by the manipulation of a magic force that which..
..only the individual can achieve himself by his own spontaneous activity
as long as the infant is small it is quite naturally dependent on the parents, but his dependence does not necessarily imply a restriction of the child’s own spontaneity. however, when the parents, acting as the agents of society,
..start to suppress the child’s spontaneity
..and independence, the growing child feels more and more unable to stand on its own feet.. it therefore seeks for the magic helper and often makes the parents the personification of ‘him’.. later on, the individual transfers these feelings to somebody else, for ie.. to a teacher, husband, psychoanalyst..
by the thwarting of the child’s expansiveness and spontaneity and by the consequent anxiety
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. (blockage of spontaneity of growth/expression)
the more drive for life (inner dynamism) is thwarted, the stronger is the drive toward destruction; the more life is realized, the less is the strength of destructiveness..
destructiveness is the outcome of unlived life..
this is why gershenfeld sel would work..
the suppression of spontaneous feelings and thereby for the development of genuine individuality, starts very early, as a matter of fact w the earliest training of a child..
in our culture.. ed too often results in the elimination of spontaneity and in the substitution of original psychic acts by superimposed feelings/thoughts/wishes..
as a matter of fact, there is nothing more attractive and convincing than spontaneity whether it is to be found in a child, in an artist, or in those individuals who cannot thus be groups according to age or profession..
most of us can observe at least moments of our own spontaneity which are at the same time moments of genuine happiness..
why isspontaneousactivity the answer to the problem of freedom? – spontaneous activity is the one way in which man can overcome the terror of aloneness w/o sacrificing the integrity of his self
in all spontaneous activity the individual embraces the world, not only does his individual self remain intact; it becomes stronger and more solidified. for the self is as strong as it is active..
the inability to act spontaneously, to express what he genuinely feels and thinks, and the resulting necessity to present a pseudo self to others and oneself, are the root of the feeling of inferiority and weakness..
whether or not we are aware of it, there is nothing of which we are more ashamed than of not being ourselves.
when regard personal qualities as commodities.. emphasis shifts from present.. to finished product.. thereby man misses the only satisfaction that can give him real happiness – the experience of the activity of the present moment – and chases after phantom.. the illusory happiness called success
AlternativesToSchool (@AltToSchool) tweeted at 5:41 AM – 8 Jul 2018 :
The (in)famous anarchist Emma Goldman wrote an essay called The Child and Its Enemies in 1906. It’s a good read even 112 years later. https://t.co/SAzYYGGH7A(http://twitter.com/AltToSchool/status/1015923825316450305?s=17)
every institution of our day, the family, the state, our moral codes, sees in every strong, beautiful, uncompromising personality a deadly enemy; therefore every effort is being made to cramp human emotion and originality of thought in the individual into a straight jacket from its earliest infancy.. or to shape every human being according to one pattern; not into a well rounded individuality, but into a patient work slave, professional automaton, tax paying citizen or righteous moralist..if one, nevertheless, meets w real spontaneity (which, by the way, is a rate treat), it is not due to our method of rearing or educating the child.. such a discovery should be celebrated.. it must be considered a miracle if it retains its strength and beauty and survives the various attempts at crippling that which is most essential to it