name indicates, cannot speak and above all must not answer back. And when, as is the case here, the dialogue is in danger of being taken— incorrectly—as a challenge, the disciple knows that he alone ﬁnds him- self already challenged by the master’s voice within him that precedes his own. He feels himself indeﬁnitely challenged, or rejected or accused; as a disciple, he is challenged by the master who speaks within him and before him, to reproach him for making this challenge and to reject it in advance, having elaborated it before him; and having inter- iorized the master, he is also challenged by the disciple that he himself is. This interminable unhappiness of the disciple perhaps stems from the fact that he does not yet know—or is still concealing from himself— that the master, like real life, may always be absent. The disciple must break the glass, or better the mirror, the reﬂection, his inﬁnite speculation on the master. And start to speak.
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