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Full text of "I And Thou"

the presence of the Thou, the becoming out of solid
connexion, is inaccessible to it. It does not know
the reality of spirit; its scheme is not valid for
spirit. Prediction from objectivity is valid only for the
man who does not know presentnesfc* He who is over-
come by the world of It is bound to see, in the dogma
of immutable process, a truth that clears a way through
the exuberant growth; in very truth this dogma en-
slaves hi™ only the more deeply to the world of It.
But the world of Thou is not closed. He who goes out
to it with concentrated being and risen power to enter
into relation becomes aware of freedom. And to be
freed from belief that there is no freedom is indeed to
be free.

As power over the incubus is obtained by addressing
it with its real name, so the world of It, which a moment
ago was stretched in its uncanniness before the puny
strength of men, is bound to yield to the man who
knows it for what it really is—severance and alienation
of that out of whose abundance, when it streams close
at hand, every earthly Thou is met, and of that which,
though seeming at times great and fearful like the
mother-god, yet always had a motherly air.
—But how can the man in whose being lurks a ghost,
the / emptied of reality, muster the* strength to address
the incubus by name ? How can the ruined power- in a
being to enter into relation be raised again, when an
active ghost tramples continually on the ruins ? How
does a being gather itself together, that is madly and
unceasingly hunted in an empty circle by the separated