I and Thou
The world is twofold for man in accordance with his twofold attitude.
Nothing can doom man but the belief in doom, for this prevents the movement of return.
Extended, the lines of relationship intersect in the eternal You.
The encounter with God does not come to man in order that he many henceforth attend to God, but in order that he may prove its meaning in action in the world.
What has to be given up is not the I but that false drive for self-affirmation, which impels man to flee from the unreliable, unsolid, unlasting, unpredictable, dangerous world of relation into the having of things.
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