To Have or To Be?


Introduction: The Great Promise, Its Failure, and New Alternatives

  • The End of an Illusion
  • Why Did the Great Promise Fail?
  • The Economic Necessity for Human Change
  • Is There an Alternative to Catastrophe?

Part One: Understanding the Difference Between Having and Being

I. A First Glance

  • The Importance of the Difference Between Having and Being
    Examples in Various Poetic Expressions
  • Idiomatic Changes
  • Origin of the Terms
  • Philosophical Concepts of Being
  • Having and Consuming

II. Having and Being in Daily Experience

  • Learning
  • Remembering
  • Conversing
  • Reading
  • Exercising
  • Authority
  • Having Knowledge and Knowing
  • Faith
  • Loving

III. Having and Being in the Old and New 
Testaments and in the Writings of Master Eckhart

  • The Old Testament
  • The New Testament
  • Master Eckhart

Part Two: Analyzing the Fundamental Differences Between the Two Modes of Existence

IV. What Is the Having Mode?

  • The Acquisitive Society—Basis for the Having Mode
  • The Nature of Having
  • Other Factors Supporting the Having Mode
  • The Having Mode and the Anal Character
  • Asceticism and Equality
  • Existential Having

V. What Is the Being Mode?

  • Being Active
  • Activity and Passivity
  • Being as Reality
  • The Will to Give, to Share, to Sacrifice

VI. Further Aspects of Having and Being

  • Security—Insecurity
  • Solidarity—Antagonism
  • Joy—Pleasure
  • Sin and Forgiveness
  • Fear of Dying—Affirmation of hiving
  • Here, Now—Past, Future

Part Three: The New Man and the New Society

VII. Religion, Character, and Society

  • The Foundations of Social Character
  • Social Character and “Religious” Needs
  • Is the Western World Christian?
  • The Humanist Protest

VIII. Conditions for Human Change and the Features of the New Man

  • The New Man

IX. Features of the New Society

  • A New Science of Man
  • The New Society: Is There a Reasonable Chance?


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