[T]he separated It of institutions is an animated clod without soul, and the separated I of feelings an uneasily fluttering soul-bird. … Neither of them has access to real life. Institutions yield no public life, and feelings no personal life.

Martin Buber, I and Thou, Translated by Ronald Gregor Smith, Scribner Classics, 2000 (1956), 53.

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