“YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.” John 3: 7.
What becoming human means for us today most immediately is that we allow our inner person to be affected, indeed, wounded. Even though it pains us, we let this process into our hearts, opening ourselves to it. The task is to keenly and intelligently, not emotionally = sentimentally! suffer the fundamental transformation this process inflicts upon us and to allow it to work on us, as a kind of chisel that objectively and factually, not merely subjectively, works off our inflated egocentricity and subjectivism, our personalistic mode-of-being-in-the-world and along with it the entire ‘anthropological fallacy’. The humanness of the individual must be actual and objectively acquired through a slow process of painful chipping-away experiences. It must be more than an “idea” or “representation” in our mind that we subscribe to. It must conversely have inscribed itself into us. We come to a real knowledge only by having ‘learned the hard way’. Subjective understanding and agreeing is not sufficient. ‘Conscious through suffering’ is the only way of becoming human.