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Man is on the lookout for Matterhorns to scale. He will build Towers of Babel, pyramids, sphinxes, Taj Mahals, and Temples. He will compose majestic symphonies and gossamer verse. He will quest on all fronts. He will formulate complex theological structures and target the transcendent.

Quests for spiritual growth and freedom may be inexorable, but in their inexorability, not without their price. We have presented what we feel to be a powerful formulation, but are not unaware of the ultimate unfathomability of ultimate matters. Indeed, the pain suffered has not been inconsiderable.

Man simultaneously wants total freedom and the total security of the womb. Yet mankind gave priority to freedom/potential at Eden, and it must be presumed that this is the only route for the cosmos to attain its full realization.

One day when we came back from work [outside the concentration camp] we saw three gallows rearing up in the assembly place, three black crows. Roll Call. SS all around us, machine guns trained: the traditional ceremony. Three victims in chains-and one of them, the little servant, the sad-eyed angel. The SS seemed more preoccupied, more disturbed than usual. To hang a young boy in front of thousands of spectators was no light matter. The head of the camp read the verdict. All eyes were on the child. He was lividly pale, almost calm, biting his lips. The gallows threw its shadow over him . . . The three victims mounted together onto the chairs.

The three necks were placed at the same moment within the nooses. “Long live liberty!” cried the two adults. The child was silent.601


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601 Weisel, Night (New York: Pyramid Books, 196 I), p. 78.

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