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The individual is not the whole, but a part. And the purer and more perfect he [sic] is, so much more intimately does he know he is a part and so much more actively there stirs in him the community of existence. That is the mystery of humility…to feel the universal generation as a sea, and oneself as a wave. … He who is truly humble feels the other as himself and himself in the other.
The Lord spoke to Moses saying: ‘Speak to the Israelites: When men or women individually commit any wrong toward a fellow human being, thus breaking faith with the Lord, and they realize their guilt, they shall confess the wrong that they have done. They shall make restitution in the principal amount and add one-fifth to it, giving it to the one who was wronged.’
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I have begun to change myself.
Every morning I shall concern myself anew about the boundary between the love-deed-Yes and the power-deed-No, and pressing forward honor reality. We cannot avoid using power, cannot escape the compulsion to afflict the world, so let us, cautious in diction and mighty in contradiction, love powerfully.
In order to love others, see no stranger. We can train our eyes to look upon strangers on the street, on the subway, on the screen, and say in our minds, “Brother, sister, aunt, uncle.” And when we say this, what we are saying is, “You are a part of me I do not yet know. I choose to wonder about you. I will listen for your stories and pick up a sword when you are in harm’s way.”