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QUIRK: Justin Buber and Other Philosophical Pop Stars

"Justin Buber" from his twitter account @Justin_Buber
"Justin Buber" from his twitter account @Justin_Buber

Step aside Reinhod Bieber — there's a new 20th century philosopher/pop star in town: Justin Buber. That’s right, the Bieb’s popular songs and tweets and Martin Buber’s existential Jewish thought combine in a way that would have the renowned thinker pulling the hairs out of his mountain-man beard.

One of Buber’s notable contributions to modern Jewish thought centers around the distinction of I-Thou (a holistic, infinite relation shared between people or God) and the I-It (a disconnected objectified relation). But if you’re Justin Buber , it might look something like this:

“Tonight I’ma be with u, shawty with u. For the space between two beings is where God may occur.” -  October 26, 2011

“Relation is mutual. My Thou affects me, as I affect it. Your world is my world, and my fight is your fight. I’ma tell you one time.” - October 4, 2011

Click HERE to follow Justin Buber

And if that twitter account isn't enough to occupy your weekend, there’s also Philosophy Bro, Kante West and Kim KimKierkegaardashian.


Joshua Witchger is an online assistant at Sojourners.

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