Queer little twists and quirks go a long way into the making of an individual.To suppress them all and follow clock and calendar and creed until the individual is lost in  the neutral gray of the host to be less than true to our inheritance….

Life, that gorgeous quality of life, is not accompanied by following another man’s rules. It is true we have the same hungers and the same thirsts, but they are for different things and in different ways and in different seasons….Lay  down your own day, follow it to its noon, your own noon, or you will sit in an outer hall listening to the chimes but never reaching high enough to strike your own.

Virginia Nash

If individualism grasps only part of man, collectivism sees man only as a part; both miss the whole man, in his wholeness. Individualism  perceives man only in his relationship with himself while collectivism does not see man at all, but only society. The former distorts the face of man, the latter covers and hides it.

The answer is the We-a community of a definite number of independent persons who know selfhood and responsibility.


Just as the melody is not made up of notes nor the verse of the words nor the states of lines…so with the man to whom I say Thou. I can take out from him the color of his hair, or of his speech, or of his goodness. I must continually do this but not at first. And with each time I do it he ceases to be thou.

To experience thou means to have immediate knowledge of the whole man.

Martin Buber

The results of the objective method can be tested, proved and once they are proven, satisfactorily communicated to others, because they can be accepted without further inquiry. Yet they are never final. Although the facts do not change, their interpretation,as the development of science shows, does, and the discovery of new facts incessantly leads to alterations or to complete replacement of scientific theories. Reliability is great, thus making the technical application of science possible; but it must never be taken for absolute certainty, for this would hinder further developments.

The subjective method remains dependent on constantly renewed experiences ; its results cannot be accepted once and for all, because they always have to be translated into our own experience. As personal participation is required, an area of uncertainty must be left open, as we have seen, so as to allow for personal decisions. Thus the application of this method is constantly beset by difficulties and dangers; none of its results can be taken for granted. Yet once certainty is achieved, it is absolute.


In the hope of finding absolute certainty one has to be prepared to endure a state of mind  where all certainty has gone.


The danger of ethics, of mere morality, is the following of rules for the sake of following rules.If this is done the purely negative commandments-for instance  ‘thou shalt not kill’ become more prominent than the positive ones, such as ‘Thou shalt love’ for we can state unequivocally the actions which are against the law, while the positive commandments cannot be stated in such a definitive way because they must leave room for personal decisions. Such morality, however, becomes a dead collection of prohibitions. If it is to come to life, morality needs the fullness of the transcendental world from which it originates.

On the other hand, the danger of religion is that it turns into metaphysical contemplation, with strong human fancies or abstract theological speculation playing a large part, and thus loses its connexion with man’s life. Morality and religion, to remain pure and alive, depend on each other…..’If religion, without morality, lacks a solid earth to walk on, morality ,without religion lacks a wide heaven to breathe in.’

Paul Roubiczek