Genuine concern for others

Only a genuine concern of each man for his neighbour can bring salvation to mankind in the future — I mean to his community life. The characteristic feature of the epoch of the Consciousness Soul is man’s isolation. That he is inwardly isolated from his neighbour is the consequence of individuality, of the development of personality. But this separative tendency must have a reciprocal pole and this counterpole must consist in the cultivation of an active concern of every man for his neighbour.

This awakening of an active concern for others must be developed ever more consciously in the epoch of the Consciousness Soul.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 185 – FROM SYMPTOM TO REALITY IN MODERN HISTORY – Lecture IV: The Historical Significance of the Scientific Mode of Thinking – Dornach, October 25, 1918

Translated by A. H. Parker