Labor and cultural development

In the fourth culture era (Greco-Roman 747 BC-1413 AD) work was performed as tribute (Slave Labour). In the fifth culture era (our present Germanic Anglo-Saxon era 1413-3573) work is performed as a commodity (sold). In the sixth (Slavic)culture era (3573-5733) work will be performed as an offering (free work).

The economic needs of existence will then be separated from work: there will be no more personal possession, everything will be owned in common. One will no longer work for one’s personal existence, but will do everything as absolute offering for humanity.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 93a – Foundations of Esotericism: Lecture XXVIII – Berlin, 31st October 1905

Translated by Vera and Judith Compton-Burnett