Do you generally regard it as a sign that one does not actually know some matter, if one begins to discuss a particular matter. Where there is knowledge, that knowledge is told and there is then really no particular desire to debate. Where there is a desire to discuss, there is generally no knowledge of the truth. The discussion only begins with the not-knowing, and it is always and everywhere a sign of regression with regard to the seriousness of a matter when discussions begin. The abolition, downfall of a certain movement always announces itself with discussions. It is very important that people in the field of humanities come to understand more and more that the will to discuss can actually be regarded as a sign of ignorance; however, that which is opposed to discussing, the will to learn, the will to understand more and more what is at stake, should be practiced.
Source (German) : Rudolf Steiner – GA 107 – Geisteswissen-schaftliche Menschenkunde – Berlin, 15 February 1909 (page 235)
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