25452Re: Truth and madness
- May 1, 2006Hello elfuncle, you wrote:
>You seem to suggest that schizophrenic madness has characterizedPeople who blur the distinction between knowledge and imagination so
>very many prominent people through history, and that spirituality or
>religiousness is some sort of mental disease.
much that they do not see the difference, suffer from schizophrenia,
or other pathologies closely related to schizophrenia.
>I understand that you have an issue with this epistemology, that youWhat I find admirable and remarkable in Rudolf Steiner, was his
>also would characterize this as some sort of madness, part and
>parcel of the schizophrenic condition??
ability to contain his rather extreme schizophrenia through a
tremendous self-control, which helped him refrain from irrational and
pathological behavior. In his younger years, he did everything he
could think of to resolve his mental problem. One of these endeavors
was to invent an epistemology that he thought would fit his visions.
This epistemology has been examined by philosophers and scientists
and rejected. But for Steiner it became a useful crutch to justify
his irrational condition by passing it off as something rational, to
himself at least.
>So Jesus Christ was also a (benign?) schizophrenic megalomaniac; amAbsolutely. To a tee. That is, if Jesus Christ is a historical person
>I reading you right?
who really lived. We do not know that. But hypothetically speaking,
if he did live and also said those things the Bible claim he said, we
are dealing with the most astounding case of schizophrenic
megalomania in history. He bloated himself up to fantastic
importance, being the life and the way and the only truth with power
over life and death for every human being, talking about moving
mountains and controlling the weather. It is understandable that the
Romans were disturbed by him, because if he had not been killed, he
would have become the most memorable of all emperors.
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