" Self awareness, reason and imagination disrupt the ‘harmony’ which characterises animal existence. Their emergence has made man into an anomaly, into the freak of the universe. He is part of nature, subject to her physical laws and unable to change them, yet he transcends the rest of nature.

He is set apart while being apart; he is homeless, yet chained to the home he shares with all creatures. Cast into this world at an accidental place and time, he is forced out of it, again accidentally.

Being aware of himself, he realises his powerlessness and the limitations of his existence. He visualises his own death. Never is he free from the dichotomy of his existence; he cannot rid himself of his body as long as he is alive.
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by Erich Fromm, The Sane Society

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Posted: December 2, 2012 • 9:18 PM
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