During the middle ages a man worked six days a week and on Sunday he went to Church. There he heard that his daily work did not only have temporary implications, but it also had eternal significance; he heard there how his labour fitted into the larger passages of time. So he knew that even his slightest deed had far reaching consequences into the farthest future. The awareness that what a person does extends its influence on all people and for all times, has been lost in recent centuries, especially during the 19th century, even by those who are responsible for schooling and development.
Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 53 – Ursprung und Ziel des Menschen/Grundbegriffe der Geisteswissenschaft – Berlin, September 29, 1904 (page 21-22)
Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger