In the Beginning…

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From Martin Buber’s I and Thou: “In the beginning is the relation…

We say, “far away”; the Zulu has a sentence-word instead that means: ‘where one cries, mother, I am lost.’ And the Fuegian surpasses our analytical wisdom with a sentence of seven syllables that literally means: ‘they look at each other, each waiting for the other to offer to do that which both desire but neither wishes to do.’ In this wholeness persons are still embedded like reliefs without achieving the fully rounded independence of nouns or pronouns. What counts is not products of analysis and reflection but genuine original unity, the lived relationship.”

Roger

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