Maeterlinck/Steiner

One cannot read without a certain irony what a man, who is in other respects so promising, says about me as the founder of Anthroposophy. In The Great Secret, Maurice Maeterlinck seems unable to deny that the introductions to my books contain much that is reasonable. He is struck by this. But then he finds things which leave him in a state of bewilderment and of which he can make absolutely nothing. — We might vary slightly one of Lichtenberg’s remarks, by saying: “When books and an individual come into collision and there is a hollow sound, this need not be the fault of the books!” But just think of it — Maurice Maeterlinck is certainly a high light in our modern culture and yet he writes the following — I quote almost word for word:

‘In the introductions to his books, in the first chapters, Steiner invariably shows himself possessed of a thoughtful, logical and cultured mind, and then, in the later chapters he seems to have gone crazy’.

What are we to deduce from this? First chapter — thoughtful, logical, cultured; last chapter — crazy. Then another book comes out. ‘Again, to begin with, thoughtful, logical, cultured; and finally — crazy!’ And so it goes on. As I have written quite a number of books I must be pretty expert at this sort of thing! According to Maurice Maeterlinck a kind of juggling must go on in my books But the idea that this happens voluntarily … such a case has yet to be found in the lunatic asylums!

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 239 – Karmic Relationships, Volume 5, Lecture IV – Prague, 5th April 1924

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