What we are reading
I have had a copy of Erich Fromm's "The Art of Loving" with me since I was a teenager because it was my Dad's favourite book from his days as a social work student. Nowadays Erich Fromm is not nearly mentioned enough in academic courses or meaningful conversations. His insights are amazing and very relevant to the world-as-it-is in 2017. "The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness" is a book I highly recommend.
As reviewed by Derrick Jensen:
"I encountered this book in 1988 or so, and it changed my life. It is I think Fromm’s best and most important book. This is the book that first let me know that the violence of the dominant culture is not biological in its origin. The book is centered around the question, obviously, of why humans commit atrocities. Fromm begins this book by exploring many of the theories, such as the notion that we are biologically overdetermined to be so violent. But he conclusively shows that cannot be the case. He then gives examples of nonviolent cultures, and explores why these cultures are the way they are. He then concludes with a powerful and detailed exploration of Hitler, showing how Hitler manifests the essence of this awful civilization that is killing the planet. A powerful book that helped form the foundations of my thinking."