Muddled, fantastic speculations

Many of our contemporaries have received the idea more or less superficially that spiritual science is something that lies far away from all practical life and cannot at all intervene anyhow in this practical life of the daily routine. You do not find the idea as seldom as it expresses itself in the words: oh, this spiritual science, it is something for single people who are tired of life who do not deal with anything practical and have time enough to deal with all sorts of muddled, fantastic speculations as the spiritual-scientific ideas are.

I do not deny from the outset that strictly speaking such a reproach is even justified with many theosophical/anthroposophical phenomena that it is often true that those who deal with theosophical/anthroposophical matters and ideas really face the everyday life as strangely as possible. However, even among those who have hard to fight and to work in the everyday life and bring themselves through only with pain and misery, those are found who are driven from inner sympathy, from the yearning of their hearts to spiritual science. Among them many a man will be for whom this duality — the everyday occupation, the everyday work from morning to night and then the merging in the great ideas has something marvellous. 

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 56 – Knowledge of Soul and Spirit: Lecture XI: Occupation and Earnings – Berlin, 12 March 1908

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Strange as it may sound, it is nevertheless true

Would it sounds strange to our time, it is true, that people who lie a lot, for example wounds – under otherwise identical conditions – are more difficult to cure than with honest people. Obviously one can not absolutely conclude this, there may also be other reasons. However, provided that all the other conditions are the same, then in people lying wounds to heal more difficult than in truth-humans.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 125 – Wege und Ziele des geistigen Menschen – Munich, 11 December 1910 (page 209) 

This English translation has been copied from the book: GA 125 – Paths and Goals of the Spiritual Human Being – Life questions in the light of spiritual science – Munich, 11 December 1910

Previously posted on February 13, 2016

The story of the stork … not so strange

One of the consequences of materialism is that human beings become prematurely old. Thirty years ago, for example, children looked quite different; there are children today of ten or twelve years of age who give the impression almost of senility. Human beings have become so precocious, especially the grown-ups. They maintain that lies such as that of babies being brought by the stork should not be told to children, that children should be enlightened on such matters. But this enlightenment itself is really a lie. Those who come after us will know that the souls of our children hover down as bird-like spirit forms from the higher worlds. To have an imaginative conception of many things still beyond our comprehension is of very great importance. As regards the fact in question it might be possible to find a better imaginative picture than the story of the stork. What matters is that spiritual forces operate between the child and his parents or teachers, a kind of secret magnetism must be there. We must ourselves believe in any imaginative picture we give to the children.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 130 – Esoteric Christianity and the Mission of Christian Rosenkreutz – Lecture 2 – Cassel, 29th January 1912

Translated by Pauline Wehrle

Previously posted on March 11, 2015

Strange as it may sound, it is nevertheless true

Would it sounds strange to our time, it is true, that people who lie a lot, for example wounds – under otherwise identical conditions – are more difficult to cure than with honest people. Obviously one can not absolutely conclude this, there may also be other reasons. However, provided that all the other conditions are the same, then in people lying wounds to heal more difficult than in truth-humans.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 125 – Wege und Ziele des geistigen Menschen – Munich, 11 December 1910 (page 209)

This English translation has been copied from the book: GA 125 – Paths and Goals of the Spiritual Human Being – Life questions in the light of spiritual science – Munich, 11 December 1910

Previously posted on January 4, 2016

Strange as it may sound, it is nevertheless true

Would it sounds strange to our time, it is true, that people who lie a lot, for example wounds – under otherwise identical conditions – are more difficult to cure than with honest people. Obviously one can not absolutely conclude this, there may also be other reasons. However, provided that all the other conditions are the same, then in people lying wounds to heal more difficult than in truth-humans.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 125 – Wege und Ziele des geistigen Menschen – Munich, 11 December 1910 (page 209)

This English translation has been copied from the book: GA 125 – Paths and Goals of the Spiritual Human Being – Life questions in the light of spiritual science – Munich, 11 December 1910

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