The disintegration of Faith

Today one can be a religious and pious person in the old, traditional sense, but one still inescapably lives entirely in the spirit of modern science, thanks to the existing literature one encounters in newspapers, books and in the community at large. As a result, no matter how strong the appeal to separate faith from scientific knowledge, this scientific knowledge acts as criticism of faith in all possible areas, leading to the loss and disintegration of faith in many people nowadays. It is already happening and will keep on happening unless there is a total turnaround, in the spiritual sense, in all these areas.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 82 – Damit der Mensch ganz Mensch werde – The Hague, April 7, 1922 (page 27)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Every person has his own health

One hears it quite often said, mostly in Central Europe, but perhaps in Western Europe too, that there is only one health, but a multitude of diseases. This statement, which many believe to be correct, cannot be upheld in the light of a genuine knowledge of the human being. Because man is so individual, so particularly  formed, that everyone, every child, already has a very specially suited health. We can therefore say that there are as many states of health and diseases as there are people. This reminds us of the necessity to continually focus on understanding the individual nature of man.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 303 – Die gesunde Entwickelung des Menschenwesens -Eine Einführung in die anthroposophische Pädagogik und Didaktik – Dornach, December 28, 1921 (page 100)

Anonymous translator

See also: There are as many states of health as there are human beings

and: Not one but many healths 

Previously posted on February 2, 2017

Arrogance/Wisdom/Goodness

There is no greater arrogance than to say that one only needs to be a good person,  and then everything is in order. After all, one must first know how to do it; how to really be a good person.  Rejecting wisdom, with our present-day consciousness, would be a sign of great arrogance. True understanding of what is good requires that we intrude deeply into the secrets of wisdom. That would of course be inconvenient because we would have to learn much.  

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA-number unknown

Anonymous translator

Previously posted on November 18, 2016

Modesty

It is just as one begins to discover the spiritual world, that he becomes aware of how little he actually knows about it. We have no reason to fear those with deep spiritual knowledge becoming arrogant. Pride may only overcome those who speak in phrases about the spiritual world, who talk about the spirit without having any knowledge of it, and refer to it in purely philosophical terms. But those who penetrate into the spiritual world, become certain that neither arrogance nor stubbornness will ever touch them, because they realise how insignificant they are compared to that world.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 329 – Die Befreiung des Menschenwesens als Grundlage für eine soziale Neugestaltung – Bern, 6 November 1919 (page 278-279)

Anonymous translator

Previously posted on June 2,  2016

Anti-Social Feelings

Yes, people strive for socialism, but they do so out of entirely anti-social drives and instincts. We should not overlook this – that today we strive for socialism, basically, because people have grown so inwardly anti-social. If the social instinct were more self-evident, we would not need so many social programmes, which have arisen only as a reaction to our anti-social feelings.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 193 – Der innere Aspekt des sozialen Rätsels – Berlin, 12 September 1919 (page 105)

This English translation has been copied from the book: Problems of Society – An Esoteric View: from Luciferic Past to Ahrimanic Future – GA 193 – Lecture 6 – Berlin, 12 September 1919 (page 82)

Previously posted on January 9, 2016