Today is like being dragged through thick, cloying mud by an elephant taking slow measured steps. Today is draggin’ hard.
I finished I and Thou last week. I’ve never had a book hit me so hard. Buber has taken everything I’ve dimly sensed all my life and he made it real. I and Thou is a book I will be reading again and again- it was in big part what I was trying to say in my paper. The reason I understand his book as well as I do is because of the months of thinking and researching and writing that went into my paper. And of course, every sentence he wrote is rife with new learning and understanding each time it is read.
His writings not only have fundamental truths about relating and presence, but it also brings to new life crucial messages that, for me, organized religion has ritualized and killed. Not only was his use of language and concepts so eye opening, but he also used three images in particular, the same ones that I have been grappling with the last several months. When I read those particular lines, I simply couldn’t believe it.
I wrote this so that I don’t forget.