Again and again, if it happens that people speak to those outside the anthroposophical society about me, saying for example: ‘The doctor has said this or that ‘, one should place oneself in the shoes of the person who hears someone else making such statements! For example, if someone says – such things happen in our association, I do not even say jokingly that this does not happen amongst us – so if someone says: ‘The doctor takes care of the spiritual development of the members‘, what should a person from outside think other than that this is an “Association of Foolish People”, who blindly follow one human being. […] We need to take Spiritual Science seriously, and we should do nothing to harm it.
Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 253 – Probleme des Zusammenlebens in der Anthroposophischen Gesellschaft – Dornach, September 10, 1915 (page 31)
Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger
Previously posted on November 1, 2016