How can we realize and actualize love, reason, and meaningful, productive work? Fromm here offers an Art of Well-Being, a way of living based on authentic self-awareness that comes only through honest self-analysis. He warns of the pitfalls of our attaining enlightenment without effort, or believing that life can be livedwithout pain. The tantalizing ‘spiritual smorgasbord’ offered by our
consumer-oriented world, Fromm maintains, only feeds our illusions of ‘easy awareness’. Confronting the psycho-gurus who preach these shortcuts to enlightenment, Fromm offers another
way to self-awareness through meditation.
If the Art of Being – the art of functioning as a whole person – can be considered the supreme goal of life, a breakthrough occurs when we move from narcissistic selfishness and egotism – from having – to psychological and spiritual happiness – being. The Art of Being is certain to be one of the most important and sought-after works in the Fromm canon for years to come.
This volume is a sequel to one of Erich Fromm’s most popular works, To Have or to Be. In this new book, Fromm examines the true paths – as opposed to false directions – that will lead us to
self-knowledge and enlightenment.