Who did it is of less importance

In the Middle Ages it would have been impossible to say who had built many of the cathedrals or painted many of the pictures. […]

It is only in our epoch of civilization that people have begun to attach such value to the human name; in earlier epochs, more spiritual than our own, the individual name was of less importance. Spirituality in those days was directed to reality; whereas our epoch adheres to the delusion of thinking that what is a mere concern of the moment should be preserved. […]

Nobody knows who wrote the work entitled Theologica Deutsch. On the outside there are only the words: The man from Frankfurt. He, therefore, was one who took care that his very name should be unknown. He worked in such a way that he merely added something to the world without asking for honour or for the preservation of his name.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 93 – The Work of Secret Societies in the World – Berlin, December 23, 1904

Translated by John M. Wood

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