Which is, actually, the basic fact, the basic phenomenon on which all misery, all social grief may generally depend in the world? […] speaking dryly, it shows us by deeper views on life that poverty, grief and misery not only depend on external conditions, but on a certain soul constitution and in the connection with it on its external effects.
The practitioner who regards himself as much cleverer thinks that this is ridiculous. However, one can only stress that it is the most practical in life. It is the sentence of which you persuade yourselves more and more that need, misery and grief are nothing else than the results of egoism.
To be continued
Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 54 – The Riddles of the World and Anthroposophy: Spiritual Science and the Social Question – Hamburg, March 2, 1908