Intelligence is everywhere

All around us there is not only oxygen and nitrogen, but throughout Nature there is intelligence, truly intelligence. No one is surprised if one says that we breathe in the air, for air is everywhere, and science today is so widely included in all the school books that everyone knows that air is everywhere, and that we breathe it in.

All the same I have known country people who thought this a fantastic idea, because they did not know the air is everywhere; in the same way there are people today who do not know that intelligence is everywhere. They consider it fantastic if one says that just as we breathe in the air with our lungs, so do we breathe in intelligence, for example, through our nose, or through our ear. I have already given instances in which you could see that there is intelligence everywhere.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 351 – Nine Lectures on Bees: Lecture IX – Dornach, December 22, 1923

Translated by Marna Pease & Carl Alexander Mier

Previously posted on August 3, 2016

Boredom

If you are observant you will have noticed something that is not often recognized. Only the human being can be bored, not animals. Whoever believes that animals can be bored is a poor observer of nature. People, on the other hand, can positively be classified according to their capacity for boredom. Those leading a simple soul life are bored far less than the so-called educated ones. 

In general, people are far less bored in the country than in the city, but to verify this you must there observe the country people, not city people who are momentarily in the country. People of the educated strata and classes whose soul life is complicated are prone to boredom. We find, then, a difference even among the different classes.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 115 – Wisdom of Man, of the Soul, and of the Spirit: Part II: Lecture II – Berlin, 2nd November 1910 

Translated by Samuel & Loni Lockwood

Previously posted on May 19, 2016 

Intelligence is everywhere

All around us there is not only oxygen and nitrogen, but throughout Nature there is intelligence, truly intelligence. No one is surprised if one says that we breathe in the air, for air is everywhere, and science today is so widely included in all the school books that everyone knows that air is everywhere, and that we breathe it in. All the same I have known country people who thought this a fantastic idea, because they did not know the air is everywhere; in the same way there are people today who do not know that intelligence is everywhere. They consider it fantastic if one says that just as we breathe in the air with our lungs, so do we breathe in intelligence, for example, through our nose, or through our ear. I have already given instances in which you could see that there is intelligence everywhere.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 351 – Nine Lectures on Bees: Lecture IX – Dornach, December 22, 1923

Translated by Marna Pease & Carl Alexander Mier

Boredom

If you are observant you will have noticed something that is not often recognized. Only the human being can be bored, not animals. Whoever believes that animals can be bored is a poor observer of nature. People, on the other hand, can positively be classified according to their capacity for boredom. Those leading a simple soul life are bored far less than the so-called educated ones. In general, people are far less bored in the country than in the city, but to verify this you must there observe the country people, not city people who are momentarily in the country. People of the educated strata and classes whose soul life is complicated are prone to boredom. We find, then, a difference even among the different classes.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 115 – Wisdom of Man, of the Soul, and of the Spirit: Part II: Lecture II – Berlin, 2nd November 1910

Translated by Samuel & Loni Lockwood