Spring 1942 • Vol. IV No. 2 NonfictionApril 1, 1942 |

Religion and Social Grammar

"We speak the primary word with our being, though we cannot utter Thou with our lips."—Martin Buber, I and Thou. There is no more ironic illusion than to suppose that one has escaped from illusions. So subtly do the real and the illusory interpenetrate that their difference is never finally clear. Mind is by nature a meddler, and there are no self-evident criteria by which to discriminate its insights from its commentaries. In the practical business of living we do, indeed, establish convenient rules of thumb to indicate, for social convenience, what can be handled and by what laws it may be expected to operate. These public operables, actual and potential, constitute what we call the physical world; the study of their regularities of operation is empirical science, and the practical exploitation of their regularities is technology. Certain theorists, whether because impressed by the technology or wishing a short cut to first principles, advertise this study of public operabl

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