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The Forgotten Language: An Introduction to the Understanding of Dreams, Fairy Tales, and Myths The Forgotten Language: An Introduction to the Understanding of Dreams, Fairy Tales, and Myths by Erich Fromm
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“If it is true that the ability to be puzzled is the beginning of wisdom, then this truth is a sad commentary on the wisdom of modern man. Whatever the merits of our high degree of literary and universal education, we have lost the gift for being puzzled. Everything is supposed to be known—if not to ourselves then to some specialist whose business it is to know what we do not know. In fact, to be puzzled is embarrassing, a sign of intellectual inferiority. Even children are rarely surprised, or at least they try not to show that they are; and as we grow older we gradually lose the ability to be surprised. To have the right answers seems all-important; to ask the right questions is considered insignificant by comparison.”
Erich Fromm, The Forgotten Language
“realists who have a special word for each type of automobile, but only the one word “love” to express the most varied kinds of affective experience.”
Erich Fromm, The Forgotten Language
“لشعور هو الحالة النفسية في حالة وجودنا الذي نشغل فيه بالعالم الخارجي بنحو عملي . و اللاشعور هو الخبرة النفسية في حالة وجودنا الذي قطعنا فيه كل الروابط مع العالم الخارجي ولم نعد نتوخى العمل أو النشاط و الفعالية و إنما نتفرغ لأنفسنا”
Erich Fromm, الحكايات والأساطير والأحلام : مدخل إلى فهم لغة منسية
“Is, then, the man-made reality outside ourselves not the most significant factor for the development of the very best in us, and must we not expect that, when deprived of contact with the outside world, we regress temporarily to a primitive, animal-like, unreasonable state of mind? Much can be said in favor of such an assumption, and the view that such a regression is the essential feature of the state of sleep, and thus of dream activity, has been held by many students of dreaming from Plato to Freud. From this viewpoint dreams are expected to be expressions of the irrational, primitive strivings in us, and the fact that we forget our dreams so easily is amply explained by our being ashamed of those irrational and criminal impulses which we express when we were not under the control of society.”
Erich Fromm, The Forgotten Language
“Modern man is exposed to an almost unceasing “noise,” the noise of the radio, television, headlines, advertising, the movies, most of which do not enlighten our minds but stultify them. We are exposed to rationalizing lies which masquerade as truths, to plain nonsense which masquerades as common sense or as the higher wisdom of the specialist, of double talk, intellectual laziness, or dishonesty which speaks in the name of “honor” or “realism”, as the case may be. We feel superior to the superstitions of former generations and so-called primitive cultures, and we are constantly hammered at by the very same kind of superstitious beliefs that set themselves up as the latest discoveries of science.”
Erich Fromm, The Forgotten Language
“Gerçek nedir?" Rüyada gördüklerimizin değil de, uyanık iken gördüklerimizin gerçek olduğunu nasıl iddia edebiliıiz? Bu sorunu bir Çin şairi şöyle açıklamıştır: "Geçen gece rüyamda kelebek olduğumu gördüm. Ama şimdi, bir kelebek olduğunu düşünen bir insan mı ya da insan olduğunu düşünen bir kelebek mi olduğumu kestiremiyorum.”
Erich Fromm, The Forgotten Language: An Introduction to the Understanding of Dreams, Fairy Tales, and Myths