- Dec 1, 2001Hello Russell,
Russell, you write, apparently in response to my post, though you do
not address me or call any name Here's what you say (and see my reply
> The right interpretation of "Anthroposophy" is not "the wisdom ofthe human
> being"' but rather "the consciousness of one's humanity". -- RudolfSteiner
> "Awakening to Community" - Feb. 1923human
> Anthroposophy is a path of knowledge to guide the spiritual in the
> being to the spirit in the universe.My reply:
First of all, why do you ask a question if you think you already have
the answer. You started this thread by asking what is anthroposophy
(and about community)? Was that a set up for you to get others to
talk and then come back and tell us (whoever, since your post here
adresses no one ) what you think you know?
Second, what you say (or quote of Steiner and quote from my post, as
well, though that is not clear) seems to be not only possibly a
translation issue, but also a mis-quoting and a quoting out of
context, and a splitting of hairs. Let me be more specific.
You write, "anthroposophy is not the wisdom of the human being..."
Apparently you are replying to my post where I said that Steiner
often said that "anthroposophy is the wisdom IN the human being." You
do not address me, but of all the responses to this thread, this
quote comes closest to what I wrote to you. Yet, you misquote me
quoting Steiner. You say anthroposophy is not the wisdom "of" the
human being. I never said it was, and as far as I know, neither did
Steiner. To say the wisdom "in" the human being is quite different
than the wisdom "of" the human being.
Third, you say that Steiner says that anthroposophy is "the
consciousness of one's humanity". I have no problem with that, but I
doubt that it is a "rather than" situation in the way that you set it
up, where you say Steiner says that 'anthroposophy is this rather
than that.' Steiner said a lot of things, to different people, in
different lectures and to different pupils at different times. There
is even the possibility that Steiner changes his mind or contradicts
himself or more likely, evolves, or says things that are relevant to
one audience and one set of pupils or pupil and not to another. Which
is not to say that Steiner is immoral or lying. No. He evolves, and
he is also a human with some flaws, who sometimes may contradict
himself, and he also realized that certain things were more
appropriate for one pupil or audience and not for another.
So, I would say that it is splitting hairs to say that 'anthroposophy
is not the wisdom "of" (or "in", which means something different, by
the way) the human being, but rather....." This kind of hair
splitting, if done by you, Russell, or by Steiner, is not very
fruitful to me. I forgive Steiner his inconsistencies, because he
was, after all, and is, for me at least, a great being of wisdom who
has taught and teaches me much. I pray to be able to forgive myself
my even greater inconsistences....
As for you, dear Russell, I'd advise you not to ask a question if you
think you already know the answer, unless you make it clear that you
are being rhetorical.
Also, I'd prefer that if you are responding to my posts, you answer
me directly, even if you also address or include all others in your
address. Speaking of community (your question of community), that,
for me, in the personal address and attention from the heart (even as
best one can in 'virtual reality') is the beginning of community.
Community begins where you are.
In any case, you will do as you are able, and I will wish you the
best in that. Thanks for the exchange and opportunity to learn.
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