Why do old people become mentally weak, even if the soul cannot change?

The soul, indeed, does not change. It never descends from the stage once reached. But its instrument has become weak, like a great pianist who can no longer play as he played formerly, if he has a bad instrument. You will say the soul no longer knows its own stage. Yes, the soul does not see itself as long as it is in a physical body. There is only to be found the reflection of the soul, the mirror image. Now the mirror becomes clouded or broken. Then it can no longer reflect. 

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 97 – The Christian Mystery: The Animal Soul – Leipzig, 16th March 1907

Translated by Anna R. Meuss


Previously posted on 4 november 2018