2342Re: [anthroposophy] Re: to Joel and others
- Dec 3, 2001Joel, before I respond to your kind post, I need to
Was Starman talking to me when he said:
>I'll need to reread my last post, but I feel confident
> Try to assume there's students of Steiner in it
> as least as far along as
> you---maybe (heavens!) more.
that I made it explicitly clear that I am not far
along this path. Did I imply that I have accomplished
anything? All I have are questions about
quasi-observations, Starman. Would it hurt an
initiate to say something like your last sentence? I
assume so because A) it was motivated by the dark side
(probably not, but) B) it was lazy and imprecise.
Joel, I say I am 'new' to anthroposophy because I feel
like three years of light skimming with somewhat
serious attention on the philosophical works puts me
in the beginning category. It's all relative, but
compared to some of you guys, I feel confident in my
newness. I don't know much about Steiner or the
Society or Jesiaha Ben-Aharon.
But, Joel, thanks very much for your response to my
questions. I like the way you put it:
"He was confronted with a very simple problem - giving
inspiration, or being a downer all the time."
I bet that's very true. If he had taken the approach
I was kind of pointing to in my post, it probably
would not have made to much of a long term difference
and he would have neglected many opportunities to
'spread the wealth'.
And your description of "Theory of Knowledge" is
forcing me to open it once again tonight (not the 50th
time, but perhaps the 7th). The following quote of
yours might be on the back cover of the next edition:
"Everything is so clear and at the same time
so moral and so beautiful."
And finally, Joel, thank you for sharing a few of your
personal criticisms of Steiner and websites where I
can read others. I'm obviously not looking for Steiner
bashing, just healthy perspectives which demonstrate a
bit of distance along with the intimacy.
You mentioned how differently Steiner would have had
to address Americans. That would be so interesting to
observe! I think I've read that Steiner Acknowledged
how he had to shift quite a bit for English people and
I can only imagine how much of a shift he would have
made for Americans. His Karma for avoiding us is
probably that he has to become a citizen this time
around. He's here isn't he.
Finally, Joel, can I see your web address again,
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