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Full text of "I And Thou"

relation. For to step into pure relation is not to disregard
everything but to see everything in the Thou, not to
renounce the world but to establish it on its true basis.
To look away from the world, or to stare at it, does
not help a man to reach God; but he who sees the world
in Him stands in Hfe presence. " Here world, there
God " is the language of It; " God in the world " is
another language of It; but to eliminate or leave behind
nothing at all, to include the whole world in the Thou,
to give the world its due and its truth, to include nothing
beside God but everything in Him—this is fall and
complete relation.

Men do not find God if they stay in the world. They
do not find Him if they leave the world. He who goes
out with his whole being to meet his Thou and carries to
it all being that is in the world, finds Him who cannot
be sought.

Of course God is the " wholly Other " ; but He is also
the wholly Same, the wholly Present. Of course He is
the Mysterium Tremendum that appears and overthrows ;
but He is also the mystery of the self-evident, nearer to
me than my /.

If you explore the life of things and of conditioned being
you come to the unfathomable, if you deny the life of
things and of conditioned being you stand before nothing-
ness, if you hallow this life you meet the living God.

Man's sense of Thou, which experiences in the re-
lations with every particular Thou the disappointment
of the change to It, strives out but not away from
them all to its eternal Thou; but not as some-