Reason and Human Existence

“Reason, man’s blessing is also his curse; it forces him to cope everlastingly with the task of solving an insoluble dichotomy.  Human existence is different in this respect from that of all other organisms; it is in a state of constant and unavoidable disequilibrium.  Man’s life cannot “be lived” by repeating the pattern of his species; he must live.  Man is the only animal that can be bored, that can feel evicted from paradise.  Man is the only animal who finds his own existence a problem which he has to solve and from which he cannot escape.” – Erich Fromm, The Sane Society

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