A Child Speaks of His Conception


Under the abstract words of paternity…I have come to believe that, far from being endowed with an absolute experience of my own, I am, without having wished or suspected it, I incarnate the reply to the reciprocal appeal which two beings flung to each other in the unknown and which, without suspecting it, they flung beyond themselves to an incomprehensible power whose only expression is the bestowal of life. I am this reply, unformed at first, but who, as I become articulate, will know myself to be a reply and a judgement. Yes, I am irresistibly lead to make the discovery that by being what I am, I myself am a judgement upon those who have called me into being; and thereby infinite new relationships will be established between them and me.

– Gabriel Marcel, Homo Viator


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