Trees and Us – William Blake and Martin Buber

WILLIAM BLAKE, poet : about awakening to an awareness of belonging to the one totally interwoven web of all life and being …

“A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.” 

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy, is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way, for as a man is, so he sees.”

MARTIN BUBER, philosopher : on the difference between ‘I-It’ and ‘I-Thou’ relationships …

“I consider a tree. I can look on it as a picture – a stiff column in a shock of light, or a splash of green, shot with the delicate blue and silver of the background” .. “I can classify it in a species and study it as a type in its structure and mode of life. In all this the tree remains an object” OR “I can perceive it as movement – suck of the roots, flowing veins, breathing of the leaves, ceaseless commerce with earth and air, and the obscure growth itself.” .. “Everything belonging to the tree is in this: its form and structure, its colours and chemical composition, its intercourse with the elements and with the stars, are all present in a single whole” .. “in considering the tree, I become bound up in relation to the tree which is now no longer ‘It’ .. “relation is mutual”.  

I-Thou.  Us.  One.

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