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Full text of "I And Thou"

with, the meaning and character of this life. There,
on the threshold, the response, the spirit, is kindled ever
new within him ; here, in an unholy and needy country,
this spark is to be proved. What is called necessity here
cannot frighten him, for he has recognised there true
necessity, namely, destiny.
Destiny and freedom are solemnly promised to one
another. Only the man who makes freedom real to
himself meets destiny. In my discovery of the deed
that aims at. me—in this movement of my freedom the
mystery is revealed to me; but also in failure to fulfil
the deed as I intended it to be—in this resistance, too,
the mystery is revealed to me. He who forgets all that
is caused and makes decision out of the depths, who
rids himself of property and raiment and naked ap-
proaches the Face, is a free man, and destiny confronts
hrm as the counterpart of his freedom. It is not his
boundary, but his fulfilment; freedom and destiny are
linked together in meaning. And in this meaning
destiny, with eyes a moment ago so severe now filled with
light, looks out like grace itself.
No; causal necessity does not weigh heavily on the
man who returns to the world of It bearing this spark.
And in times of healthy life trust streams from men of
the spirit to all people. To all men indeed, even to the
dullest, meeting—the present—has come somehow,
naturally, impulsively, dimly : all men have somewhere
been aware of the TJiou ; now the spirit gives them full
assurance.
But in times of sickness it comes about that the
world of It, no longer penetrated and fructified by the
inflowing world of Thou as by living streams, but
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