Book Note: Persuasion and Rhetoric by Carlo Michelstaedter #3

They no longer hear the voice of things telling them, "You are," and amidst the obscurity they do not have the courage to endure, but each seeks his companion's hand and says, "I am, you are, we are," so that the other might act the mirror and tell him, "you are, I am, we are"; and together they repeat, "we are, we are, because we know, because we can tell each other the words of knowledge, of free and absolute consciousness." 

Our very concept of community generates mimetically from the mirror of rhetoric. One sustains truth through the agency of communication.