To be just meaans to recognize the other as other; it means to give acknowledgment even where one cannot love… A just man is just, therefore, because he sanctions another person in his very separateness and helps him to receive his due.
Can a lie be taken as communication? I tend to deny it. A lie is the opposite of communication. It means specifically to withhold the other’s share and portion of reality, to prevent his participation in reality.
A man who needs the unusual to make him “wonder” shows that he has lost the capacity to find the true answer to the wonder of being. The itch for sensation, even though disguised in the mask of Boheme, is a sure indication of a bourgeois mind and a deadened sense of wonder.
Public discourse, the moment it becomes basically neutralized with regard to a strict standard of truth, stands by its nature ready to serve as an instrument in the hands of any ruler to pursue all kinds of power schemes.
…Enduring comprises a strong activity of the soul, namely, a vigorous grasping of and clinging to the good; and only from this stout-hearted activity can the strength to support the physical and spiritual suffering of injury and death be nourished.
If to know is to work, then knowledge is the fruit of our own unaided effort and activity; then knowledge includes nothing which is not due to the effort of man, and there is nothing gratuitous about it, nothing “inspired”, nothing “given” about it.
The vacancy left by absence of worship is filled by mere killing of time and by boredom, which is directly related to inability to enjoy leisure; for one can only be bored if the spiritual power to be leisurely has been lost. There is an entry in Baudelaire… “One must work, if not from taste then at least from despair. For, to reduce everything to a single truth: work is less boring than pleasure.
Divine worship means the same thing where time is concerned, as the temple where space is concerned. “Temple” means… that a particular piece of ground is specially reserved, and marked off from the remainder of the land which is used either for agriculture or habitation… Similarly in divine worship a certain definite space of time is set aside from working hours and days… and like the space allotted to the temple, is not used, is withdrawn from all merely utilitarian ends.
The happy man needs nothing and no one. Not that he holds himself aloof, for indeed he is in harmony with everything and everyone; everything is “in him”; nothing can happen to him. The same may also be said for the contemplative person; he needs himself alone; he lacks nothing.