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The Art of Loving - [On Books Podcast #23]

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Added by Tim J.
2 months ago on 22 June 2019 06:23

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Episode Overview:

* Is love an art?
* The theory of love
* The practice of love

The Art of Loving is rare in its ability to treat love as an active art, rather than a passive “falling into,” Fromm writes,

“Love is an art, just as living is an art; if we want to learn how to love we must proceed in the same way we have to proceed if we want to learn any other art, say music, painting, carpentry, or the art of medicine and engineering.”

How can you treat love as an art?

First you must master the theory, and then the you must master the practice. Fromm writes,

“If I want to learn the art of medicine I must first know the facts about the human body, and various diseases. When I have all this theoretical knowledge, I am by no means competent in the art of medicine.

I shall become a master in this art only after a great deal of practice, until eventually the results of my theoretical knowledge and the results of my practice are blended into one – my intuition – the essence of the mastery of any art.”

But that’s not all,

“There is a third factor necessary to becoming a master in any art – the mastery of the art must be a matter of ultimate concern; there must be nothing else in the world more important than the art.”

This holds true for anyone learning to become a doctor, a painter, a web developer. To master an art takes time and dedication.

Why then, if love is so important to us, don’t we give it the same attention as checking our email, watching sitcoms, and showing up at work every day?

If “All We Need is Love,” then why don’t we devote more time to the practice of loving?

The art of love requires:

1) Theory
2) Practice
3) Making the art the ultimate concern

My hope is that by the end of this episode you can see the importance of treating love as art, such that you might take it upon yourself to master it in your life.