The world population is increasing; how does this relate to the idea of repeated earth lives?

Many of our friends will remember the almost routine answer I gave to questions asked over and over again after my public lectures from the beginning of this century. The question, you may remember, was: “According to the statistics, the world population is increasing; how does this relate to the idea of repeated earth lives? The increase in population is rapid. How can one reconcile this with the spiritual scientific finding that these are always the same souls?” My answer always had to be: It does look as if the statisticians are right and the world population is increasing; but we have to take a longer view and consider much longer time-spans if we are to do justice to the question. And I would always go on to say that a time may well come, sooner than we may expect, when people discover to their horror that the population can also decrease.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 177 – Fall of the Spirits of Darkness: LECTURE 1: The Driving Force Behind Europe’s War – Dornach, 29th September 1917

Translated by Anna R. Meuss

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