I and Thou, Me and Thee

Thursday 10/12/2020

I backed and forthed on WordPress for some time.
I am here now, I believe, in an attempt to relieve…
Is it lonliness?
I don’t believe my world is overpopulated. Our world…may be.
My first post here was (possibly) unintroductory and uninformatory, so
I shall expand upon "I and Thou" and also "Antinomian".

I and Thou

I and Thou seemed to me…
to be a rather less bumpkiny way of saying "me and THEE."

Martin Buber’s work Ich and Du (I and Thou)…(I must confess) is barely familiar.

Usually priced at £17.23, it seemed like an excellent use of one Audible credit.

Bronson Pinchot(!) narrates Walter Kaufmann’s translation of Ich and DuI and Thou.
In Kaufmann’s prologue (I and You) he clarifies that Thou is…not…very similar to the German Du.

“German lovers say Du to one another,

and so do friends.”

I wonder, then, if Me and thee may have done (as well…for myself)…and also wonder…

whether it is a very strange thing for a kind…friend (friend?) of mine, to be asking…

“…Kay. How art thou?”

anon 🙂

Kaufmann suggests (I am not quoting directly)…that Buber’s work found popularity with a particular brand of anti-sentimental, pseudo-intellectual, overgrown adolescent, that would…

“…talk of Heidegger, usually without having read him.”

Well, I will not talk about Buber, but have so-far enjoyed hearing what Kaufmann has to say about him, and when I’ve come beyond Kaufmann’s prologue, I may even wish to read along.

Now to Antinomian



denoting or relating to antinomians or their beliefs.

definition from Oxford Languages

I shouldn’t like to be called an antinomian…


a person who believes that Christians are…

some “definition”

The term antinomianism does have both religious and secular meanings, and could (should?) connote (lawlessness?…or at least…) the rejection of legalistic notions of obedience.

On…another note, I am looking forward to hearing Max Richter’s Voices on BBC Radio 3 at 7:30pm this evening.

VOICES is 56 minutes of music for orchestra, choir, electronics, solo soprano, solo violin and solo piano.  The orchestra is a radically reimagined ensemble called a “negative orchestra”. As the world has been turned upside down, so have the proportions of this orchestra. It is nearly all basses and cellos.

In addition to readings by a narrator, hundreds of readings of the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights in dozens of languages have been sourced from all over the world. These readings are the aural landscape that this music flows through: they are the VOICES of the title.

from https://www.maxrichtermusic.com/albums/voices/

I can’t imagine this world free of diseases, and I can’t imagine this world (or indeed, our universe) free of tyranny.
I do thank…goodness for these creative geniuses that seem to somehow manage to minister their all-embracing imaginations. And I am thankful, too, to whoever did hang that colourful bunting (pictured) at St. Cuthbert’s in Embleton, sharing hope, and sharing hopes for health.

Published by Kay Keenan

Kay Keenan writes poetry and fiction, and her story "Shoes and Trews and Shell Dust" was shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction prize, and published in their anthology "with one eye on the cows". She works as a holistic therapist in the country of Cumbria.

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