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more enthroned above our heads than Resident in them;
they wander amongst us- and accost us. The man who
leaves the primary word unspoken is to be pitied ; but
the man who addresses instead these ideas with an
abstraction or a password, as if it were their name, is
In one of the three examples it is obvious that the
direct relation includes an effect on what confronts me.
In art the act of the being determines the situation in
which the form becomes the work. Through the meet-
ing that which confronts me is fulfilled, and enters the
world of things, there to be endlessly active, endlessly
to become It9 but also endlessly to become Thou again,
inspiring and blessing. It is " embodied "; its body
emerges from the flow of the spaceless/timeless present
on the shore of existence.
The significance of the effect i$ not so obvious in
the relation with the Thou spoken to men.   The act
of the being which provides directness in this case is
usually understood wrongly as being one of feeling.
Feelings accompany the metaphysical and metapsychical
fact of love, but they do not constitute it.   The accom-
panying feelings can be of greatly differing kinds.   The
feeling of Jesus for the demoniac differs from his feeling
for the beloved disciple; but the love is the one love.
Feelings  are  "entertained" :   love  comes  to  pass.
Feelings dwell in man;   but man dwells in his love*
That is no metaphor, but the actual truth*   Love does
not cling to the / in such a way as to have the Thov
only for its " content," its object; but love is fatwem