The only way to reach wider circles and thereby create a better understanding of Spiritual Science is to speak entirely openly to an unprepared public from a spiritual point of view. And so there will be a great proportion of people in the audience that say: ‘What foolish, irrational fabricated nonsense.’
Nevertheless, there will invariably be a few who acknowledge in their mind that there might just be some accuracy in what is brought forward, and they will want to learn more and will delve deeper into the subject. Such a persevering way of coming to know more about spiritual matters is what it is about, and it is what we can accomplish. Therefore, it is quite natural that a large proportion of those who simply attend a lecture on spiritual science out of curiosity will make their judgement known widely: it is a sect that spreads a special kind of rubbish!
Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 107 – Geisteswissenschaftliche Menschenkunde – Berlin, 21 October 1908 (page 27)
Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger
Previously posted on January 22, 2016