Saturday, January 31, 2009

within you, without you

photo used: cigar box factory 1909, tampa florida

As long as anyone believes that his

ideal purpose is outside him,

that it is above the clouds,

in the past or in the future,

he will go outside himself and seek

fulfillment where it cannot be found.

He will look for solutions and answers

at every point except

where they can be found,

in himself.

Erich Fromm

see sidebar for February 2
silent Bloggers Poetry Reading
Won't you join in?


R.L. Bourges said...

HA! well, of course I had to research the topic, right?

Coffee Messiah said...

rlb: Hey, here's my friend on the west coast:

Reya Mellicker said...

Love today's song and thought.

In my old community we used to say, "if what you seek you find not within yourself, you will never find it without."

Ain't it the truth!

Tess Kincaid said...

Great song for this Saturday morning! And perfect paired with your subject today.

tony said...

IN god we trust.

Kurt said...

Great quote.

Anonymous said...

There was an Erich Fromm quote about true love being the ultimate importance in life, that I found to be so true.To be able to completely share with another human being that unconditional love, makes it easier to seek from within and share with the entire planet . People don't talk much about unconditional love because it has to come from within, and many people only see outside--how others act towards them etc...

Anonymous said...

I like this one. I'm not up on Fromm, though. I can see I've still a lot to learn. The silent poetry reading looks of interest. Maybe I can dig up something....

e said...

Great posting! I am especially interested in your cigar factory graphic--where's it from?

Dot-Com said...

Loved the music, just perfect for the rainy day we're having here today :-)

R.L. Bourges said...

wow - aphinar does great slides, doesn't he?

Colette Amelia said...

I love that quote! Awesome!

Your artwork is wonderful...and may I add stimulating like a cup of coffee?

WeezieLou said...

this quote from Fromm was terrific!

Megan said...

That was lovely, Coffee, thank you! Off to check out the poetry place...

Megan said...

Oh, I guess there isn't one? But I will definitely join in on that.

Cheers and thanks to you and RL for the links to the CBGs!

Merle Sneed said...

True enough, my friend.

ratatouille's archives said...

Hi! C.M.
What a very interesting "saying" or "Quote" from Erich Fromm and the song is very nice too!
DCD ;-)

Coffee Messiah said...

reya: Seems simple enough ; )

willow: Thanks!

tony: Huh?

kurt: Thanks!

phd: Unconditional Love is certainly something to strive for and nice to attain. Sadly, too many people always want something in return, no matter what. And that's the rub ; (

subtorp77: Those guys are kinda hazey on a lot of things, but there's truth in lots of what they had to say. Looking forward to catching up after work tomorrow on the Poetry ; )

e: Somewhere in Tampa Florida in the year dated.

dot com: I'm looking forward to rain and spring, it's been way too cold here this winter ; (

rlb: He's very good at a lot of things! ; )

colette: That's nice of you to say, Thanks so much ; )

weezie: It's been too long, Thanks. I hope your situation has changed for the better! ; )

megan: They're fun to hear, when played well and sometimes sound better than those expensive gee-tars! ; )

merle: Thanks!

dcd: Thanks for stopping by! Hope all is well ; )

California Girl said...

We read Erich Fromm in college and then we read him again. Great quote. Haven't thought of him in years but I believe I still have his most famous book but I can't remember the title.

Coffee Messiah said...

cg: Thanks for stopping by. So many interesting authors with so many perspectives. No wonder some people are so perplexed ; (