“If I am what I have and I lose what I have, who then am I?”
Fromm, like many, many Psychologist and so-called “thinkers” were and are vastly confused about where someone gets their identity from. They believe it comes from some perception of self that originates with whatever they can think of or call a part of them. This could refer to anything from talents and abilities, to material things, to achievements their place in the social world around them. They draw their self image and identity, sadly from outside of themselves and especially, from outside of the reasons and cause that we were created and placed in the world to begin with.
Think about it for a moment. God created man, and even went so far as to create Adam and Eve in such a fashion as they were clearly interdependent and had to lean on each other to make it in the world around them and into which God had placed them. It is sadly true that sin entered the world due to Adam’s deliberate and rebellious sin and passed to all men as a part of the resulting curse of God. Eve was deceived by Satan/the serpent and partook of the “forbidden fruit”, but Adam’s sin was very much a function that he KNEW was forbidden by God.
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