I do not accept any absolute formulas for living. No preconceived code can see ahead to everything that can happen in a man’s life. As we live, we grow and our beliefs change. They must change. So I think we should live with this constant discovery. We should be open to this adventure in heightened awareness of living. We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience.

Martin Buber

A friend of mine shared this quote, and I found it both meaningful and provocative. While it resonates with my own philosophies (as amorphous as they often feel), it’s a huge task to always be eager to forge ahead. Regardless, it’s important to strive for and keep in mind when we try to place limits on our own ambitions or paradigms of thought, because how can we change our world without removing those bounds?

Also, Buber’s ideas of Ich-Du and Ich-Es provide interesting perspective, especially given the context of his life and experience. In some ways, his ideas and trajectory are incredibly foreign; in others, it’s a mirror of my own counterintuitive-but-still-logical inquisitiveness. 

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