"In The Sane Society, Eric Fromm argues that a whole society can be insane—and if it is, adjustment (to society) is not equal to mental health. In fact, being "well adjusted" in such a society would mean you do not have mental health. He accused our society of being an insane one because it does not support the five characteristics of health: loving relationships, creativity, brotherliness, individuality, and reasonableness. In fact, many things in our society inhibit healthy development in those five areas.
In Escape From Freedom, Fromm describes how freedom can be frightening and how, therefore, many people run from freedom. They seek safety in answers provided by others. For example, it would be more satisfying to create our own art for our homes, and life would be richer for everyone if we were surrounded by creative expression. However, in a society that doesn't support creativity (and prefers consumerism instead), people are encouraged to deny their own creativity and buy objects at Walmart to decorate their homes."—Psych Bites.com
" ... Erich Fromm's blueprint for social transformation emphasized the need for mutual support, especially in small groups of friends: "Human solidarity is the necessary condition for the unfolding of any one individual." "No transformation, no Supermind, without such friends," said the narrator of Michael Murphy's novel, Jacob Atabet ... 'We are midwifes to each other.' "
—Aquarian Conspiracy Page 113
" ... danger here of formation of a separate faction on the basis of personal and egotistic interests. Such factions, which are exclusive and, instead of welcoming all men, must condemn one group in order to unite the others, originate from low motives and therefore lead in the course of time to humiliation."
—I Ching Chapter 13
"To become free people is to unleash the indignation of religion. We must be clear that the journey to freedom is at times a bleak and lonely path, one that offers us few of the familiar comforts that came with religion. We are left to ourselves to discover our true salvation, and we are often confronted by the animosity of those who find our freedom a threat to their religious tranquillity."
—Cages of Pain Page 40
"Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction."
—Erich Fromm—Escape from Freedom.
"The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots. True enough, robots do not rebel. But given man's nature, robots cannot live and remain sane, they become "Golems," they will destroy their world and themselves because they cannot stand any longer the boredom of a meaningless life."
—Erich Fromm - The Sane Society.
"Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality."
"Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existance."—Eric Fromm