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which he is held), addresses the true Thou of his life,
which cannot be limited by another Thou, and to which
he stands in a relation that gathers up and includes all

But when he, too, who abhors the name, and believes
himself to be godless, gives his whole being to addressing
the Thou of his life, as a Thou that cannot be limited by
another, he addresses God.

If we go on our way and meet a man who has
advanced towards us and has also gone on his way, we
know only our part of the way, not his—his we experi-
ence only in the meeting.
Of the complete relational event we know, with the
knowledge of life lived, our going out to the relation,
our part of the way. The other part only comes upon
us, we do not know it; it eomes upon us in the meeting.
But we strain ourselves on it if we speak of it as though
it were some thing beyond the meeting,
We have to be concerned, to be troubled, not about
the other side but about our own side, not about grace
but about will. Grace concerns us in so far as we go
out to it and persist in its presence; but it is not our
What we know of the way froih the life that we
have lived, from our life, is not a waiting or a being
The Thou confronts me. But I step into direct relation
with it* Hence the relation means being chosen and
choosing, suffering and action in one; just as any action
of the whole being which means the suspension of all