This week marked the birthday of theologian Martin Buber…
In the fragmented world driven by social media, Martin Buber’s words give us the compelling hope of being in conversation and being present with others. They orient us toward the shalom that God intends for creation.
Here are 5 important passages that illuminate the virtues of conversation in the present age…
The Most Acute Symptom
of the Pathology of our time.
That peoples can no longer carry on authentic dialogue with one another is not only the most acute symptom of the pathology of our time, it is also that which most urgently makes a demand of us. I believe, despite all, that the peoples in this hour can enter into dialogue, into a genuine dialogue with one another. In a genuine dialogue each of the partners, even when he stands in opposition to the other, heeds, affirms, and confirms his opponent as an existing other. Only so can conflict certainly not be eliminated from the world, but be humanly arbitrated and led towards its overcoming.
- “Genuine Dialogue and the Possibilities of Peace”
in Pointing the Way
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