Dolphyn Newsletter #3
“When Thou is spoken, the speaker has no thing for his object. For where there is a thing there is another thing. Every It is bounded by others; It exists only through being bounded by others. But when the Thou is spoken, there is no thing. Thou has no bounds.” Buber (1958, p.20)
These are the words of Martin Buber from his book I and Thou. I learned about Buber through Graham Long and his book Love Over Hate.
Buber’s work is deep, and I am only beginning my attempt to understand and learn from it. I would do it a great disservice in trying to summarise it with my limited knowledge and understanding, however I have taken great meaning from I and Thou already, as I begin to understand the importance of Buber’s words of wisdom and they help me better understand the different relationships we form in life.
If you are not that into reading, and would prefer to listen to some of Buber’s story, you can download a Podcast by clicking on the ABC’s The Philosopher’s Zone website.
If you would like to hear Graham talk about Buber and explain I and Thou in a better way than I ever could, you can watch a video here.
At Dolphyn we understand the impact that our social arrangements and relationships have on how we go about our daily life, and that relationships and community are an essential part of what it means to be human. We know that humans are social beings and that, as Graham Long puts things, the minimum unit of people is two. That is, we long to belong. Being part of a community is something that we all desire, and need.
A Dolphyn, we value the special relationships we have with our close friends and celebrate the communities that we feel privileged to be a part of. In this edition of Dolphyn’s Newsletter, you will find contributions from good friends Gab, James, Dave and Max who we are proud to collaborate and be associated with.
We hope you enjoy the read, and we thank you for being part of our community.