Although this has often been mentioned, from different perspectives, it may still be noted, that the most unreasonable and unrealistic accusation that one can make against spiritual science and its labour, is that it produces people who are somehow unworldly, distant from reality, and tempted by asceticism. Once more, it must be emphasized that a spiritual world with its beings and forces constantly underlies our earthly, sensory world, and interacts with it. Therefore it is precisely the people who do not care about the real and true forces of existence and who limit themselves to the enjoyments of the outer world through what their physical senses communicate to them, who should be called unworldly and far from reality.
Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 56 – Die Erkenntnis der Seele und des Geistes – Berlin, December 12, 1907 (page 132)
Previously posted on September 12, 2015