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Full text of "I And Thou"

brought—with human spirit and deed, human life and
death.    I  said he believes, but that really means Tie

The self-willed man does not believe and does not
meet. He does not know solidarity of connexion, but
only the feverish world outside and his feverish desire
to use it. Use needs only to be given an ancient name,
and it companies with the gods. When this man says
Thou, he means " 0 my ability to use ", and what
he terms his destiny is only the equipping and
sanctioning of his ability to use. He has in truth no
destiny, but only a being that is defined by things and
instincts, which he fji.lfi.ls with the feeling of sovereignty
—that is, in the arbitrariness of self-will. He has no
grand will, only self-will, which he passes off as real will.
He is wholly incapable of sacrifice, even though he may
have the word on his lips ; you know him by the fact
that the word never becomes concrete. He intervenes
continually, and that for the purpose of " letting things
happen ". Why should destiny, he says to you, not be
given a helping hand"? Why should the attainable
means required by such a purpose not be utilised ? He
sees the free man, too, in this way ; he can see him in
no other. But the free man has no purpose here and
means there, which he fetches for his purpose: he has
only the one thing, his repeated decision to approach
his destiny. He has made this decision, and from time to
time, at every parting of ways, he will renew it. But
he could sooner believe he was not alive than that the
decision of his grand will was inadequate and needed to
be supported by a means. He believes; he meets.
But the unbelieving core in the self-willed man can
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