Free choice between good and evil

Freedom is inseparably connected with the idea of love. It would be impossible for man to develop either love or freedom without the possibility of sailing down into the abyss. A man unable, of his own free decision, to choose good or evil, would be a being who would only be led on a leading-string to a good which must be attained of necessity and who had no power to choose the good of his own fully purified will, by the love which springs from freedom. […]

The possibility of freedom could be given on no other condition than that man himself has to make the free choice between good and evil.


Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 104 – The Apocalypse of John: Lecture XII – Nuremberg – 30th June 1908

Translated by M. Cotterell

Previously posted on November 23, 2016