I and Thou (1-2), Martin Buber and Neils Bohr

“Primary words do not signify things, but they intimate relations.Primary words do not describe something that might exist independently of them, but being spoken they bring about existence. Primary words are spoken from the being. If Thou is said, the I of the combination I-Thou is said along with it. If It is said the I of the combination I-It is said along with it. The primary word I-Thou can only be spoken with the whole being. The primary word I-It can never be spoken with the whole being.” Martin Buber

“Einstein, stop telling God what to do! … everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.” Neils Bohr

The science says that It is OUR observation of the world that crystallises out this particular reality from the sea of potential within the quantum ocean of possibilities. We are responsible for the universe we create – either materialist (I-It, Ich-Sie) or connected to the underlying spirit (I-Thou, Ich-Du).

I have read that Buber holds that Jesus Christ is the quintessence of what it means to live a fully Jewish life? (I’m not Jewish, nor a scholar and would be interested in feedback on this please).

I and Thou (1-1)

The world created by relationship.

“To man the world is twofold, in accordance with the twofold nature of the primary words which he speaks.

The attitude of man is twofold, in accordance with the twofold nature of the primary words which he speaks.

The primary words are not isolated words but combined words.

The one primary word is the combination I-Thou.

The other primary word is the combination I-It; wherein without a change in the primary word he or she can replace it.

Hence the I of man is also twofold.

For the I of the primary word I-Thou is a different I from that of the primary word I-It”

Martin Buber

…. And we are falling more and more into materialism and objectification of I-It… In Zagreb cathedral today I was surrounded by a crowd of photographing tourists. They had no experience I-Thou – of the amazing 1300 year old human space – they were busy hunting the concrete materiel memory of the print of a photo. Let’s join to fight the visualisation/image fixation which makes a second hand experience out of fresh raw intimate dangerous contact each to each and to nature and to spirit