Let the significance of the effect … of the creature and our contemplation of it remain sunk in mystery. Believe in the simple magic of life, in service in the universe, and the meaning of that waiting, that alertness, that ‘craning of the neck’ in creatures will dawn upon you. Every word would falsify; but look! round about you beings live their life, and to whatever point you turn you come upon being.

Martin Buber, I and Thou, Translated by Ronald Gregor Smith, Scribner Classics, 2000 (1958), 29.

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Image: Detail of “The Tribe of Levi,” Marc Chagall / CC BY-SA, a work in the Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem, Israel, via Wikimedia Commons.