"All that exists obeys. Man alone occupies a unique status.As a natural being he obeys, as a human being he mustfrequently choose; confined in his existence, he is unre-strained in his will. His acts do not emanate from him likerays of energy from matter. Placed in the parting of the ways,he must time and again decide which direction to take. Thecourse of his life is, accordingly, unpredictable; no one canwrite his autobiography in advance."
excerpt from, I Asked for Wonder by Abraham Joshua Heschel It isn't that we 'define ourselves in a special way', it is that we define ourselves.
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