poll on cocooning
- Sixteen responses so far. No one who admits being shut off from the
rest of life by anthroposophy or waldorf education.
I have been involved, twice, with groups who did try to cocoon me.
The first was Scientology. They weren't so strongly into the "don't
association with anyone else." stuff, but they definitely didn't want
people reading anything else than L. Ron Hubbard. Since I am a
compulsive reader and have been since I first learned at age 6, this
particular restriction popped me right back out of the group, although
it took a few months. Looking back, Scientology definitely encourages
The second was a circle of born again Christians. They not only wanted
to restrict my reading they wanted to restrict my associations. Yechhh!
I've been involved with Anthroposophy for roughly 30 years. In that
time, no one has ever tried to suggest who I should associate with or
what I should read, or how I should dress, or how I should spend my
time. I have been left totally free to pull myself together and
develop or to completely veg out, or to take drugs, or to do whatever
Well, there was one comment on clothing. Many years ago, when I was
working at the Anthroposophical Society (as bookkeeper and database
manager) my boss, in response to my inquiry about the standard of
dress expected, said, doubtfully "Well, it would probably be better if
you don't wear torn blue jeans." I managed to live up to this
standard, mostly because I didn't own any blue jeans. I've never found
Although I'm not particularly an anarchist, being basically a law-
abiding, well-behaved sort, I wouldn't have continued with
anthroposophy if anyone was telling me what I could and couldn't do.