WHAT DOES ERIC FROMM MEAN WHEN HE SAY WE MUST TRANSFORM INTO A HUMANISTIC SOCIETY?WHAT DOES HE MEAN BY HUMANISTIC INDUSTRIALISM,OR A RENASSAINCE OF HUMANISM? WHAT DOES HE MEAN BY THAT?

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To me, the major problem with this essay by Fromm is that he essentially says nothing about this and we are left to guess about what he means.

Fromm says that we need to ensure that the aim of all social arrangements must be to develop our capacity to love and to reason.

In my opinion, what he means is that we need to have fewer luxuries available to us.  I think that we would need to have a society where, instead of spenind so much of our time and energy on producing and consuming things, we would spend them on learning and being with those we love.

So I think Fromm would say that we need to have shorter work days, schools devoted more to philosophy than to business and technology, and more things (parks and such, maybe) that encourage us to spend time with our families.

So, I think he's envisioning a utopia where people are content with a lower physical standard of living (smaller TV, less fancy car).  They give up the physical standard of living for a higher emotional standard (more leisure, more time spent with people we love).