there is a happening profoundly twofold, confusedly entangled. if In the "beginning is relation. Consider the speech of "primitive" peoples, that is, of those that have a meagre stock of objects, and whose life is built up within a narrow circle of acts highly charged with presentness. The nuclei of this speech, words in the form of sentences and original pre-gram- matical structures (which later, splitting asunder, give rise to the many various kinds of words), mostly indicate the wholeness of a relation. We say " far away " ; the Zulu has for that a word which means, in our sentence form, " There where someone cries out: * O mother, I am lost.' " The Fuegian soars above our analytic wisdom with a seven - syllabled word whose precise meaning is, "They stare at one another, each waiting for the other to volunteer to do what both wish, but are not able to do." In this total situation the persons, as expressed both in nouns and pronouns, are embedded, still only in relief and without finished independence. The chief concern is not with these products of analysis and reflection but with the true original unity, the lived relation. We greet the" man we meet, wishing him well or assuring him of our devotion or commending him to God* But how indirect these worn-out formulas are f What do we discern even dimly in " Hail!" of the original conferring of power ? Compare these with the ever fresh Kaffir greeting, with its direct bodily relation, " I see you!" or with its ridiculous and sublime American variant, ** Smell me ! " 18"