When one wants to understand the karma of an individual, one must not look at his or her profession, what his or her social conditions are, nor at what such a person can do or cannot do. One must rather look deep into their soul, into the qualities and abilities that may eventually become manifest in any profession. Because after all, we must see what a person was in a previous life. […] One should begin with looking through all that is outward and come to perceive the inner being, the purely human, that whereby the human being is human, is an individual personality.
Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 346 – Vorträge und Kurse über christlich- religiöses Wirken: V – Dornach, 9 september 1924 (bladzijde 79)
Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger