The Art of Loving

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Apr 24, 2012 00:54
I spent the whole day reading the book: The Art of Loving.
The author of the book was Erich Fromm, who was an American psychologist and philosopher. He wrote the book at 1955, almost sixty year ago.
In this book, Fromm discussed various kinds of love: brotherly love, motherly love, erotic love ,self love and love of God. He believed that human was not born with the ability of loving. According to his theory, we have to make great effort to study what is love and to learn how to love. If we thought it was extremely easy to obtain loving, we are approaching the end of loving. In other words, if we wanted to have an everlasting love, we must make as much effort as we can to learn and practice loving.
On one hand, his conclusion was negative as we could lose loving one day if we are careless. On the other hand, it is positive as we could improve and extend our loving through our efforts.