angwantibo“No other event has made me so deeply aware of the evanescent actuality in all relationships to other beings, the sublime melancholy of our lot, the fated lapse into It of every single You. For usually a day, albeit brief, separated the morning and evening of the event; but here morning and evening merged cruelly, the bright You appeared and vanished: had the burden of the It-world really been taken from the animal and me for the length of one glance? At least I could still remember it, while the animal had sunk again from its stammering glance into speechless anxiety, almost devoid of memory. How powerful is the continuum of the It-world, and how tender the manifestations of the You!” Martin Buber, in I and Thou, on looking into, with mutual recognition, the eyes of a house cat.

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