What the ecstatic [mensch] calls union is the enrapturing dynamic of relation itself, not a unity arisen in this moment of the world’s time that dissolves the I and the Thou

Martin Buber, I and Thou, translated by Ronald Gregor Smith, Scribner Classics, 2000 (1958), 87.

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