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Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Daniel Hindes answers Critics

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  • dottie zold
    That young mad is a credit to his parents let me tell you. What a wonderful job he does. Thanks Mike, Dottie ...
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 5, 2005
      That young mad is a credit to his parents let me tell
      you. What a wonderful job he does.

      Thanks Mike,

      > The following copied from Daniels Blog
      > http://anthroposophy.blogspot.com/
      > Saturday, April 02, 2005
      > Responding to the WC
      > Howdy folks,
      > I've been on hiatus from my blog for a while; life
      > has a way of
      > filling up your time. My Defending Steiner is up for
      > all to read, and
      > some of the folks over at the WC (Waldorf Critics)
      > have even been
      > looking at it. It is a bit discouraging that they
      > keep missing the
      > point, but then, they don't have a history of
      > critical reading that
      > is critical in anything but attitude. Someone
      > emailed me some of the
      > WC postings, so I thought I'd respond here.
      > In one post, Walden writes:
      > Trying to slowly make my way through a web site that
      > Serena pointed
      > out and I have a question regarding something the
      > writer (Daniel
      > Hindes) states:
      > "Blavatsky did indeed originate the term "Root
      > Race". And she did
      > declare that indigenous peoples are dying out.
      > However, Staudenmaier
      > has misunderstood (or never read) the explanation
      > for how this is to
      > be accomplished. Contrary to what Staudenmaier would
      > have you
      > believe, Blavatsky did not declare that those
      > indigenous people who
      > were alive ought to die for karmic reasons. Rather,
      > Blavatsky,
      > accepting the scientific reports that indigenous
      > peoples were dying
      > out as a unique racial group due to sterility,
      > declared that this
      > sterility was due to the fact that souls no longer
      > wished to be born
      > into these races. The dying-out process she
      > predicted would take
      > another thousand years. The karmic necessity that
      > Blavatsky talked
      > about was that souls wishing to be born were
      > choosing other races for
      > karmic reasons, and not that indigenous peoples
      > currently alive ought
      > to die.26 Staudenmaier has treated Blavatsky with
      > the same lack of
      > scholarly care and accuracy that he brings to this
      > study of Steiner."
      > 20Ecofascism.pdf
      > Does anyone know of these "scientific reports that
      > indigenous peoples
      > were dying out as a unique racial group due to
      > sterility?"
      > [Daniel]
      > I myself would be interested in learning the answer.
      > Blavatsky has
      > come under criticism over the years for improperly
      > documented
      > sources. So this claim of hers may stand, or may
      > fall.
      > I should note that whether or not Blavatsky was
      > correct about the
      > sterility of indigenous peoples, this does not
      > change my point one
      > bit. My observation was firstly, that Blavatsky
      > believed this (and I
      > gave specific page numbers for where it could be
      > found in "The Secret
      > Doctrine") and second that Staudenmaierseriously
      > misrepresented
      > Blavatsky's beliefs in writing about them, much as
      > he seriously
      > misrepresents Steiner's beliefs when writing about
      > Steiner. Should
      > Blavatsky turn out to be misinformed about
      > sterilization, my point
      > about Staudenmaier's accuracy still stands.
      > Another writer on the WC list has accused me of
      > failing to prove
      > Blavatsky free of racism with an example that is
      > clearly racist. I'm
      > not sure why Barnaby supposes that I ever attempted
      > to defend
      > Blavatsky of charges of racism. I should also note
      > that nowhere do I
      > propose that Blavatsky is free of racism. That some
      > of Blavatsky's
      > concepts were blatantly racist is obvious and well
      > established, and
      > not a point that I would dispute. I am not a
      > knee-jerk defender of
      > all that is "occult". I try to look carefully at the
      > facts of every
      > case, and draw reasonable conclusions. And as a
      > matter of fact, it
      > was on the issue of the importance of race that
      > Steiner differed most
      > sharply with Blavatsky. And one of my major issues
      > with Peter
      > Staudenmaier is that he flagrantly conflates
      > Anthroposophy with
      > Theosophy where most other scholars see major
      > differences between
      > them. I would urge people over at the Waldorf
      > Critics list to use a
      > little more discernment and care in reading. Since
      > they have an
      > obvious bias they should be especially careful in
      > reading things
      > which they know they will automatically disagree
      > with.
      > Daniel Hindes
      > posted by Mike

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