|Erich Fromm (in 1975)*|
Thought for the Day: Today's Words of Wisdom come from German born social psychologist, psychoanalyst & sociologist, humanistic philosopher, & democratic socialist, Erich Fromm. In keeping with the Mother's Day theme of the last few weeks, I chose a quote on the paradoxical relationship between mother & child: "The mother-child relationship is paradoxical &, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother & to become fully independent."
|** Photo from Army Photography Contest - 2007|
The challenge to both mother & child to find a balance of connection & independence continues for many people throughout their lives. A friend of mine used to say that she would be successful as a mother if she succeeded to have "built-in obsolescence." What are your thoughts on the paradoxical relationship between mother & child?
*The picture of Erich Fromm (in 1975) is by Müller-May, © Deutsche Verlagsanstalt. The copyright holder of this image allows anyone to use it for any purpose including unrestricted redistribution, commercial use, and modification. Creative Commons
** photo from 'Army Photography Contest - 2007 - found on FlicrCC