It is deeply painful to me to see how our original intentions and aims are now presented in the newspapers. The articles and clichés are passed on from one paper to the next and are translated into every language, and in each language another distortion and more stupidity are added. Of course, it is not hard to understand what happens when the aims of our serious and sincere spiritual science clash with what the outer world can understand. But I want to show you how solemnly and reverently we must approach our cause. It is important that we be aware how deep our understanding for the tasks of spiritual science in the world must be.
Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 154 – The Presence of the Dead on the Spiritual Path – Lecture Two: Understanding the spiritual world (Part Two) – Berlin, May 12, 1914
Translated by Christian von Arnim
Previously posted on October 10, 2015