upside-down 3folding (was: Schichten Urteilen)
- Tom wrote:
>>I turn to the incisive anthropophical [sic]insights of Valentin Tomberg, who, in one of
his Bible study pamplhlets [sic] presented the
threefold differentiation of not only the human
organism but of the social order.
>>Let me do a chart of the three "Schichten"(1) SPIRIT ---THINKING-----Cultural
Sphere -----Head/Nervous system
(2) SOUL ------FEELING ----- Rights
Sphere -----Heart/Lung System
(3) BODY------WILLING ------
Economic Sphere-----Metabolic/Limb System
>>All the above is directly from Steiner. . . .<<Robert writes:
No, that is not directly from Steiner; it is
directly the inverse of what Steiner said about
the 3fold social order. (It may well be
directly from Tomberg; I don't know. But if
so, it seems yet another confirmation of Marie
Steiner's very apt and prescient description of
Tomberg as being "lost in delusion" --
prescient because she wrote those words long
before Tomberg openly joined the Jesuitic-
Hermetic occult "stream". [Well, not quite
openly; he did make an inept attempt to
maintain anonymity. But the important point is
that he took a complete, head-first plunge into
that anti-Anthroposophical stream and abandoned
even the muddled claim to be doing
Anthroposophy.] And perhaps, in fairness to
Tomberg, I should note that the later,
Jesuitical Tomberg effectively disowned his
earlier, allegedly Anthroposophical writings; I
presume that this "Bible study pamphlet" was
among those. -- But all this is parenthetical;
right now, the important thing is to get the
3fold order right side up.)
Here is what Steiner did say in his basic book
on the 3fold order:
". . . . the economic member of a healthy
social organism. This member is comparable to
the head system of the human organism . . . ."
(*Basic Issues of the Social Question*, Chapter 2)
In this book he didn't explain in much detail
why this analogy is correct and why the other
one is upside-down; the correct analogy is
implicit in his whole discussion. But
elsewhere he was more explicit on this point
(for instance, in the lecture of June 24, 1920
[Stuttgart; published in *Polarities in the
Evolution of Mankind*]).
In the individual human organism the metabolic-
limb system supplies the life forces; the
rhythmic-heart-lung system and the head-nerve-
sense system "live on" these life forces.
More, the head system brings death forces into
the organism. -- In the social organism the
cultural-spiritual "sphere" brings the life
forces; the other two spheres "live on" these
social-life forces. And in the social organism
the economic sphere brings death forces.
So, the correct analogy puts the economic
social sphere in correspondence to the head-
nerve system and the cultural sphere in
correspondence to the metabolic-limb system.
(And the legal-political sphere corresponds to
the rhythmic system.)
And: making this correct analogy is not merely
an exercise in anal-retentive pedantry. If we
make the wrong analogy, we might miss the
important fact that the spirit, the culture,
supplies the essential foundation of the living
social organism . . . and miss the important
fact that no society can live based only on an
economy. The wrong analogy essentially makes
the same fundamental error that underlies
Marxist social theory: economic determinism.
Marxism sees economic processes as fundamental
to society and sees "culture" as being only a
"superstructure", an "ideology". Marx not only
stood Hegel on his head; he stood sociology
upside down and ontologically inverted the
spiritual and the material.
Society can develop an economy only because
that social organism first comes to life
through the spirit; when economic forces
predominate over the cultural-spiritual in a
society, that society is dying. This is
fundamental. Steiner got it right; Marx and
Tomberg got it wrong.
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- In our time, it is in fact the East that needs the infuse of the
Economic Sphere in their lives, while the West so desperately needs
the infusion of the Spiritual Sphere in their over-consumptive
lives. Hopefully we can see the disparity.
--- In email@example.com, Robert Mason
> Tom wrote:
> >>I turn to the incisive anthropophical [sic]
> insights of Valentin Tomberg, who, in one of
> his Bible study pamplhlets [sic] presented the
> threefold differentiation of not only the human
> organism but of the social order.
> >>Let me do a chart of the three "Schichten"
> (1) SPIRIT ---THINKING-----Cultural
> Sphere -----Head/Nervous system
> (2) SOUL ------FEELING ----- Rights
> Sphere -----Heart/Lung System
> (3) BODY------WILLING ------
> Economic Sphere-----Metabolic/Limb System
> >>All the above is directly from Steiner. . . .<<
> Robert writes:
> No, that is not directly from Steiner; it is
> directly the inverse of what Steiner said about
> the 3fold social order. (It may well be
> directly from Tomberg; I don't know.