“For God does not want to be believed in, to be debated and defended by us, but simply to be realized through us.”
– MARTIN BUBER
“Everyone must come out of his Exile in his own way.”
– Martin Buber
“The atheist staring from his attic window is often nearer to God than the believer caught up in his own false image of God.”
– Martin Buber
“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.
– Paul Klee
ABOVE: Angelus Novus (New Angel) By Paul Klee.
“Angelus Novus shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.” – Walter Benjamin
I and Thou:
Selected Passages by Martin Buber
“Buber’s poetic and influential book I and Thou distinguishes between two types of relations between people. In one model, which he calls “I-It,” we relate to others as members of categories or as instruments of achievement. In the other, “I-Thou” or “I-You” (translations from the original German differ), we relate with the entirety of our being to another whole person. For Buber, this is more than a way of relating to others; it is also how we can, a bit at a time, experience God’s presence in the world. Excerpted from Walter Kaufmann’s translation of I and Thou (Scribners).”
(Investigate Nikolai Berdyaev’s philosophy and Buber)
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N. A. BERDYAEV (BERDIAEV)
Martin Buber. Die Chassidischen Buecher; Ich und Du; Zwiespreche; Koenigtum Gottes. I.
(1933 – #385)
“In reading the books of Buber it amazed me, this his interpretation of Judaism in certain regards is very close to my interpretation of Christianity. For Buber, God has need of man. This is central for his religious philosophy. God has need of man for his own purpose. In our world is realised the freedom of God. The world is not God’s plaything, but rather God’s destiny. Already in the Kabbala there is the teaching, that God has limited Himself in the world, in order to be loved, to be known. God desired freedom. This thought is very dear also with me. It arises upon a Christian soil, since Christianity is a religion of the God-Man and God-manhood, a religion Divine-human, of an infinite affinity of the Divine and the human. This is a drama of love and freedom between God and His other”