the foreshadowing of the war of all against all
- Dear List-mates,
While some on this list claim to be bringing an "anthroposophical"
understanding to events, we really don't have to go far to appreciate
that in our time the "I am" has a achieved a certain freedom as against
social conforming forces. In its current state, the "I am" has only
itself to restrain its indulgences in the temptations of the doubles.
In prior times social forces predominated in a certain sense, in that
they held the "I am" within a kind of "group-soul" containment.
But in the industrial West in particular (and certainly elsewhere as
well), these social conforming powers have now broken down to a great
degree, and everywhere we can see people following their own drummer,
often without a lot of thought to the real consequences.
On this list we see the same kinds of excesses - it is more important
to many to have an independent view (the ahrimanic temptation) and to be
right (the luciferic temptation), than to be social (wherever two or
more are gathered in my name...).
So we have a great deal of social chaos as would flow quite naturally
from a situation where individuals apply no restraints to their own
This is not to say there are no social conforming forces that work, or
that there are no people who find balance and freedom. Rather I am just
pointing out that much that is happening in the world comes from these
unrestrained indulgences of the newly socially freed "I am". And, that
this which is happening was given a name with which we who are students
of spiritual science are familiar - the War of All Against All.
My personal view is that we are not in the final version of that War,
but rather just in a foreshadowing. What this means for me is to
practice as much tolerance as possible, as much empathy as possible, and
to actively work in the social in forming community, even just a
community of two - which always becomes, due to Grace, a community of
But such community requires sacrifice. It needs for me to not insist
on being right (the pride of my luciferic double), and to not insist
that I can face all this chaos on my own (the island of isolation which
is due to my ahrimanic double). Rather, I can learn from what each
offers, rather than always argue and insist everyone else is wrong, and
I can learn to work together, recognizing that what is of real value
that can be achieved is a cooperative art.
The interesting aspect of this approach is that it is much less work
and a lot more fun (for my yoke is easy and my burden is light Matthew