What is it that holds man back from spirit-knowledge? 

For what is it that holds man back today from spirit-knowledge? — Lack of soul courage, not to say soul cowardice. Man wants to receive everything passively, wants to set himself down in front of the world as if it were a movie, and wants to let the microscope and the telescope tell him everything. He does not want to temper the instrument of his own spirit, of his own soul, by activity. 

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 223 – The Cycle of the Year – Lecture V – Dornach, 4th April 1923 (wrong date, in the German GA 223 it is 8th April 1923)

Translated by Barbara Betteridge & Frances E. Dawson 

Previously posted on January 7, 2017

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The virtue of Courage

Another virtue can be called — though it is difficult to describe it exactly — the virtue of Courage. It contains the mood which does not remain passive towards life, but is ready to use its strength and activity. It can be said that this virtue comes from the heart. Of one who has this virtue in ordinary life it can be said: he has his heart in the right place. This is a good expression for our condition when we do not withdraw in a timid way from things which life asks from us, but when we are prepared to take ourselves in hand and know how to intervene where it is necessary. When we are inclined to get moving, confidently and bravely, we have this virtue. It is connected with a healthy life of feeling, which develops bravery at the right moment, while its absence brings about cowardice.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 159 – The Great Virtues – Zürich, January 31, 1915

What is it that holds man back from spirit-knowledge?

What is it that holds man back today from spirit-knowledge? — Lack of soul courage, not to say soul cowardice. Man wants to receive everything passively, wants to set himself down in front of the world as if it were a movie, and wants to let the microscope and the telescope tell him everything. He does not want to temper the instrument of his own spirit, of his own soul, by activity.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 223 – The Cycle of the Year – Lecture V – Dornach, 4th April 1923 (wrong date, in the German GA 223 it is 8th April 1923)

Translated by Barbara Betteridge & Frances E. Dawson

Previously posted on December 1, 2015

What is it that holds man back from spirit-knowledge?

For what is it that holds man back today from spirit-knowledge? — Lack of soul courage, not to say soul cowardice. Man wants to receive everything passively, wants to set himself down in front of the world as if it were a movie, and wants to let the microscope and the telescope tell him everything. He does not want to temper the instrument of his own spirit, of his own soul, by activity.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 223 – The Cycle of the Year – Lecture V -Dornach, 4th April 1923 (wrong date, in the German GA 223 it is 8th April 1923)

Translated by Barbara Betteridge & Frances E. Dawson

Active Vs Passive Note Shows Positive Attitude 3d Illustration