718Re: [anthroposophy] "Language Rules"-Thoughtlessness
- Apr 1, 2000Hi Elaine,
This is a partial response to your first post, which held a number of good
I'm going to skip all the stuff about could we or couldn't we see the evil
in Eichmann's physiology-- whether via photography or personal
observation. (Although, for those who are interested in the Holocaust,
there is an interesting review by Eva Hoffman, "The Uses of Hell," in the
NY Review of Books (and a tip of the hat to Hilmar, who brought it to my
I'm more interested in the questions you ask at the end of your post.
> . . . what is occuring around/within me about which i am thoughtless,In other words: in what ways might I be falling into the Luciferic trap of
> about which i am trapped in mind/heart numbing rules of language,
> cliches and old ways that entrap me and deaden my heart, my thought?
becoming a 'moral automaton'**, unable to freely think from the heart and
thus find the correct action for THIS situation in which I find myself?
How often do we fail to "think the unthinkable and bear the unbearable"
because to do so would violate some group norm, some 'language rule' that
we have come to accept without questioning??
After all, is this not the seductive trap of group-think--- that we need
not *think* at all, but merely accept and obey the wisdom of the group...
give up individual responsibility (and individual freedom) for the warm,
comforting embrace of some higher authority... of some vision of the way
things should be...
Think of the courage it took for the Japanese Emperor to go against all
His advisors and centuries of tradition and perhaps even His own
beliefs.... to listen to His heart and say, "No more." And so to make that
historic broadcast and tell His people, "The time has come to think the
unthinkable and bear the unbearable...." To surrender not only His
country, but His divine nature... to become not a symbol, but an
individual human being, standing upright in and of himself.
And so, as you note:
> ... even what appears as monstrous is a face of God and shall beOnly through thinking with our hearts can we escape being "stuck in
> transformed, redeemed by the whole, by the Love that is, that is in
> enlivened, heartfelt thinking embrace?
cliches, in old ways, in pre-scribed forms, in obedience to some outer or
inner seductive monster..." Only through thinking with our hearts can we
"think the unthinkable and bear the unbearable." Only through thinking
with our hearts can we hope to become fully human...
Love & light,
** see: http://www.antronet.se/mellett/chiasma.htm and
http://www.steiner98.org/Archives/moral.html for more on the phenomenon of
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