Destructiveness is the outcome of unlived life. Those individual and social conditions that make for suppression of life produce the passion for destruction.1
Being human always points, and is directed, to something, or someone, other than oneself—be it a meaning to fulfill or another human being to encounter. The more one forgets himself—by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love—the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself.2
Two of the great psychoanalysts of the twentieth century—Erich Fromm and Viktor Frankl—each had personal encounters with the horror of fascism in Nazi Germany. After World War II each published his reflections on what in the ...