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The Prophetic Concept of Peace - Erich Fromm

The Prophetic Concept of Peace - Erich Fromm

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The
Prophetic
Concept
of
Peace
 
203
Even
if
peace
meant
only
the
absence
of
war,
of
hate,
of
slaughter,of
madness,
its
accomplishment
would
be
among
the
highest
aims
man
can
set
for
himself.
But
if
one
wants
to
understand
the
specific
prophetic
concept
of
peace,
one
has
to
go
several
steps
further
and
recognize
that
the
prophetic
concept
of
peace
cannot
be
defined
as
merely
the
absence
of
war,
but
that
it
is
a
spiritual
and
philosophical
concept.
It
is
based
on
the
propheticidea
of
man,
of
history,
and
of
salvation;
it
has
its
roots
in
the
story
of
man's
creation
and
his
disobedience
to
God
as
related
in
the
Book
of
Genesis,
and
it
culminates
in
the
concept
of
the
messianic
time.
Before
Adam's
fall,
that
is,
before
man
had
reason
and
 
ERICH
FROMM
204
self-awareness,
he
lived
in
complete
harmony
with
nature:
"And
they
were
both
naked,
the
man
and
his
wife,
and
were
not
ashamed."
They
were
separate,
butthey
were
not
aware
of
it.
The
first
act
of
disobedience,
which
is
also
the
beginning
of
human
freedom,
"opens
his
eyes/*
man
knows
how
to
judge
good
and
evil,
he
has
become
aware
of
himself
and
of
his
fellow
man.
Human
history
has
begun.
But
man
is
cursed
by
God
for
his
disobedience.
1
What
is
the
curse?
Enmityand
struggle
are
proclaimed
be-
tween
man
and
animal
("and
I
will
put
enmity
between
thee
[the
serpent]
and
the
woman,
and
between
thy
seed
and
her
seed;
it
shall
bruise
thy
head,
and
thou
shalt
bruise
his
heel"),
between
man
and
the
soil
("cursed
is
the
ground
for
thy
sake;in
sorrow
shalt
thou
eat
of
it
all
the
days
of
thy
life;
thorns
also
and
thistles
shall
bring
it
forth
to
thee;
and
thou
shalt
eat
the
herb
of
the
field;
in
the
sweat
of
thy
face
shalt
thou
eat
bread,
till
thou
return
unto
the
ground"),
between
man
and
woman
("and
thy
desire
shall
be
to
thy
husband,
and
he
shall
rule
over
thee"),
between
woman
and
her
own
natural
function
("in
sorrow
thou
shalt
bring
forth
children")
.
The
original,
pre-individualist
harmony
was
replaced
by
conflict
and
struggle.
Man
has
to
experiencehimself
as
a
stranger
in
theworld,
as
estranged
from
himself
and
from
nature,
in
order
to
be
able
to
become
one
again
with
himself,
with
his
fellow
man,and
with
nature.
He
has
to
experience
the
split
between
himself
as
subject
and
the
world
as
object
as
the
condition
for
overcoming
this
very
split.
His
first
sin,
disobedience,
is
the
first
act
of
freedom;
it
is
the
be-
ginning
of
human
history.
It
is
in
history
that
man
de-
1
The
word
"sin"
does
not
appear
in
the
biblical
text.

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