Unworldly and Far from Reality

Although this has often been mentioned, from different perspectives, it may still be noted, that the most unreasonable and unrealistic accusation that one can make against spiritual science and its labour, is  that  it produces people who are somehow unworldly, distant from reality, and tempted by asceticism. Once more, it must be emphasized that a spiritual world with its beings and forces constantly underlies our earthly, sensory world, and interacts with it. Therefore it is precisely the people who do not care about the real and true forces of existence and who limit themselves to the enjoyments of the outer world through what their physical senses communicate to them, who should be called unworldly and far from reality.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 56 – Die Erkenntnis der Seele und des Geistes – Berlin, December 12, 1907 (page 132)

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Previously posted on 11 september 2018

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Not as impractical and unworldly as it may seem

Because man was entirely focused on the physical world, it monopolised his whole interest. That was a necessary stage in human development. Today, people often think: If I make an effort to live well, I will, when I die, experience what is to be experienced after death. That may seem quite logical at first, but is nonetheless entirely false, for the spiritual world will weave a veil of blindness around those who die with indifference to it, causing them to see nothing. Thinking about the transcendental world is therefore not as impractical and unworldly as it may seem.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 266a – Aus den Inhalten der esoterischen Stunden – Stuttgart, August 16, 1908 (page 420)

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Previously posted on October 13, 2017

Unworldly and Far from Reality

Although this has often been mentioned, from different perspectives, it may still be noted, that the most unreasonable and unrealistic accusation that one can make against spiritual science and its labour, is  that it produces people who are somehow unworldly, distant from reality, and tempted by asceticism. Once more, it must be emphasized that a spiritual world with its beings and forces constantly underlies our earthly, sensory world, and interacts with it. Therefore it is precisely the people who do not care about the real and true forces of existence and who limit themselves to the enjoyments of the outer world through what their physical senses communicate to them, who should be called unworldly and far from reality.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 56 – Die Erkenntnis der Seele und des Geistes – Berlin, December 12, 1907 (page 132)

Anonymous translator

Previously posted on September 12, 2015

Not as impractical and unworldly as it may seem

Because man was entirely focused on the physical world, it monopolised his whole interest. That was a necessary stage in human development. Today, people often think: If I make an effort to live well, I will, when I die, experience what is to be experienced after death. That may seem quite logical at first, but is nonetheless entirely false, for the spiritual world will weave a veil of blindness around those who die with indifference to it, causing them to see nothing. Thinking about the transcendental world is therefore not as impractical and unworldly as it may seem.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 266a – Aus den Inhalten der esoterischen Stunden – Stuttgart, August 16, 1908 (page 420)

Anonymous translator

Previously posted on August 10, 2016

Unworldly and Far from Reality

Although this has often been mentioned, from different perspectives, it may still be noted, that the most unreasonable and unrealistic accusation that one can make against spiritual science and its labour, is  that  it produces people who are somehow unworldly, distant from reality, and tempted by asceticism. Once more, it must be emphasized that a spiritual world with its beings and forces constantly underlies our earthly, sensory world, and interacts with it. Therefore it is precisely the people who do not care about the real and true forces of existence and who limit themselves to the enjoyments of the outer world through what their physical senses communicate to them, who should be called unworldly and far from reality.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 56Die Erkenntnis der Seele und des Geistes – Berlin, December 12, 1907 (page 132)

Anonymous translator

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