Crap Science

If your urine is dark, then it’s likely you have an inflammation somewhere in the body.Clear urine makes you subject to tumour formations. […] An accurate examination of urine, is therefore a way to evaluate a number of diseases. (page 174)

Of course, this must not come out, as it would cause our enemies to repeat, once more, that Spiritual Science is basically crap science, since it concerns itself with sweat, urine, and so on. They would like nothing more! (page 173)

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 352 – Natur und Mensch in geisteswissenschaftlicher Betrachtung – Dornach, February 23, 1924 (page 173-174)

Anonymous translator

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Two aspects of life

Two universal currents flow alongside each other in human thought-habits. One current is that which remains at divine-spiritual heights so to speak, and has no desire to build bridges between what constitutes a spiritual impulse and the realities of the ordinary dealings of life. The other lives, devoid of thought, in everyday life. Life, however, is a unity. It can only prosper if the strength from ethical-religious life works down into the commonplace, profane life, into that life which, to many, may seem less fashionable. For if one fails to erect a bridge between these two aspects of life, one falls into mere fantasy, far removed from true everyday reality as far as religious and moral life and social thinking are concerned.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 23 – Basic Issues of the Social Question: Chapter Three: Capitalism and Social Ideas

Translated by Frank Thomas Smith

Previously posted on November 2, 2014

Conscience is an inheritance from the spiritual world

In passing through the gates of the senses, we have left the spiritual world behind. But not everything that our souls developed when we felt ourselves in the company of the beings of the higher hierarchies has been lost to us. We still carry an unconscious remnant with us. Among many other things, this unconscious remnant is also the basis of conscience. This is another way of viewing conscience. The whole of conscience is still inherited from the spiritual world.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 170 – The Riddle of Humanity: Lecture Twelve – Dornach, 27 August 1916

Translated by John F. Logan

Questions concerning the meaning and significance of life must remain unanswered if there be no access to supersensible worlds

Anyone attempting an exposition of the results of spiritual science as recorded in this book must, above all, take into account the fact that at present these results are universally looked upon as something quite impossible. For things are said in the following exposition that the supposedly exact thinking of our age affirms to be “probably entirely indeterminable by human intelligence.” He who knows and appreciates the reasons why so many earnest persons are lead to maintain this impossibility will wish to make ever new attempts to show the misconceptions upon which is based the belief that entrance into supersensible worlds is denied to human knowledge. […] Any human soul, by reflecting deeply, will in the long run be unable to disregard the fact that its most important questions concerning the meaning and significance of life must remain unanswered if there be no access to supersensible worlds. We may theoretically deceive ourselves about this fact, but the depths of the soul-life will not tolerate this self-delusion. — If we do not wish to listen to these depths of the soul, we shall naturally reject any statement about supersensible worlds. Yet there are human beings — really not few in number — who find it impossible to remain deaf to the demands coming from these soul depths. Such people must always knock at the door that conceals, according to the opinion of others, the “inconceivable.”

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 13 – An Outline of Occult Science: Preface fourth edition

Previously posted on September 10, 2014

No one should imagine himself to be better than others

Anthroposophists must feel part of the whole and, to some extent, responsible for all that happens. […] No one should imagine himself to be good or even much better than other people. We must be permeated by the thought that we can’t be much better than others. What is the advantage of making a few happy when our lifestyle reduces many to unhappiness? Ignorance is the root of suffering. Ignorant as we often are, we help sharpen the knife for those who use it for evil.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 266a – Aus den Inhalten der esoterischen Stunden – Berlin, 15 February 1904 (page 34-35)

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