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The Mystery of the Face of the Other

This video made me think of Emmanuel Levinas (possibly the greatest ethical thinker of the 20th century) for whom the face of the Other is infinity. This infinity of the Other (the otherness of the Other) can never be objectified or totalized (totalization, the root of totalitarianism). According to Levinas ETHICS means the event in which the infinity or the strangeness of the Other (the face of the Other) calls into question myself as a constant totalitarian, that is, calls into question my perpetual project of placing the other under my limited perspective of the world. Every categorization, for example knowing the other, is a form of totalization of the Other from my part. Every time I categorize the other under certain kind of labels like nationality, race, gender, profession, political party, religion, etc., etc. I objectify the other according to my very limited point of view and forget the strangeness and infinity of the Other. The Other is an ultimate mystery for myself and only in a relation to the Other there is a possibility for authentic Selfhood of the Self, because before anything else I am already with Others.

If in the libertarian discourse the opposite poles are Liberty and Tyranny, then for Levinas the question of human existence as the relation to the Other is between Infinity and Totality.

For Levinas, "The face to face [relationship] remains an ultimate [human] situation." And to authentically encounter the Face of the Other in its infinite Otherness is "already to hear [the ultimate biblical commandment] 'Thou Shalt Not Kill'".

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--

ytc's picture

emalvini, *thank you* for the gift of this BEAUTIFUL message!

I bookmarked LouieSchwarzberg's youtube channel for his other youtube essays. He seems to be quite a videographer, philosopher and an essayist.

What a lovely image (& a new acquaintance) to start this day! Thank you, DP & creative posters!!



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Thank you Big "E"

What a wonderful way to start the day, and an excellent reminder of what we should always keep in our hearts: Gratitude.

Thank you for sharing. Thank you for all of your contributions.

It reminds me of Matthew 13:12

Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.

Great Post

We all have much to be thankful for. We all complain too much about this or that and take the joy from ourselves in doing so.

If we look around at others and their load that they carry, we are sure to be thankful that our lot is not as theirs.

We are to also be always aware that tomorrow is not promised to any of us, and that we should do our best to live today with that reality in mind, making us more forgiving and more loving.

We must remember to whom we are to give thanks always, for He is the Giver of every good and perfect gift!

Ephesians 5:20 "Giving thanks always, and for all things unto God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ"

And when our time comes to leave this world, I hope that many of us here know the One True, and Eternal Life that is given only to those who love the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.

Peace and love everyone

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

thanks for posting.

The gift of life really is incredible.I sometimes need to be reminded of that.Thank you

thank you earl.

so very beautiful.

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Nice positive change up.

Thank you!


very nice and oh so true.

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Great thing to watch this morning. Crossing my fingers you don't get attacked because this is not liberty centered! Ha. Have a great day. I'm asking myself how I can make this day great, stuck in a job I hate. But I'm working on it.

I hope this helps a little

Col 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Maybe you could imagine you are working for the Lord?

Not Easy,

but with the help of reminders, = as being discussed below, & yours above.

No, it is not easy,

and of course that is why I know that passage...I have had to remind myself many a time that at my place of employment I was actually serving the Lord. And of course we all know what goes on in the heart and mind before that reminder comes to the forefront! And then of course, we have to make a decision one way or the other based upon the Scripture that God has brought to consciousness.

Of course pretending we are serving the Lord can make that decision easier…Minimize the word “pretending” because it is reality. But putting ourselves in the context of that reality in the form of “play-acting” can be interesting and entertaining.

I also find this scripture interesting: Proverbs 16: 3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

So in the sense of acting out serving the Lord in our place of employment, even when we don’t feel like it, soon our thoughts will be established in the right direction so that what we are doing AND what we are thinking are both God honoring.

One can let Joseph in Potiphar’s house and as 2nd to the king be an example as well as Daniel who was highly regarded by his earthly king or even Nehemiah who was the king’s cupbearer. There are many examples of God-fearing men who were profitable to their earthly “masters” in an Eternal way.

And I should add even now that I am but a hypocrite as I fail to fully serve the Lord even now. May He have mercy.


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Hi Baptist,

I think maybe it will be helpful to focus on the fact that the job itself is, in today's economy, a huge blessing in and of itself, even if it is doing something you don't particularly enjoy. I've had that job before and felt the same way, but have been out of work for some time now and my crappy old job sounds really good right about now. :)

This was a great video to remember to be thankful for the many, many things we take for granted...I too do that much too often and it is nice to be given a reminder of how truly blessed we really are in so many different ways!

Thanks for posting emalvini!


I will try to keep that in mind. Ugh! Also just thinking of my family at home and that this job keeps us afloat. I've always got my dreams, and those are a blessing too! Thanks for the reminder though Denise.

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I agree Baptist,

never, ever give up on your dreams! Never stop believing that even though you may not be where you want to be right now, hope always remains that someday you will be and despite whatever shortcomings we all have experienced, God's great blessings abound around us every day if only we take the time to look. I think that one of the biggest lessons the Bible has taught me is to learn to be content in all situations, yet never stop believing that with God all things are possible! And just like this video reminds us, never forget to smell the roses and behold God's great wonder and beauty all around us every day! :)