Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"the eyes of an animal"

"The eyes of an animal have the capacity of a great language. 
I sometimes look into the eyes of a house cat. 

Undeniably, this cat began its glance by asking me with a glance that was ignited by the breath of my glance, 'Can it be that you mean me? ...Do I concern you? ...What is that?'

There the glance of the animal, the language of anxiety, had risen hugely - and set almost at once.

Just now the It-world had surrounded the animal and me, then the You-world radiated from the ground for the length of one glance, and now its light has died back into the It-world."

                                   -      Martin Buber,   I and Thou

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