I once drew attention — it was in connection with the lectures which I held in Norrköping — to how easily one can utter the great, the impressive words of the aged John: “Children, love one another.” But it means something quite different if a foolish person, some youngster says it, or if John says it at the end of a full life in which much, very much had been undergone here upon earth.
It is not only a matter of whether the saying is true, but also from what background of the soul it is spoken, from what background it arises.
Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 161 – The Problem of Death III – Dornach, February 7, 1915
Translated by M. Cotterell.
Previously posted on April 15, 2017