- Perhaps this argument is old territory. My understanding of Steiner's
views on reincarnation and human development is that individuals
incarnate into different racial lineages in order to eventually develop
a full depth and range of capacities. For those who believe in one life
only, I suppose an comparable analogy would be the cognitive benefits
gained from the study of different cultures and their languages, all of
which can be enhanced by travel and friendships with those raised in a
milieu different than one's own. It doesn't seem likely to me that
incarnating repeatedly in the same hereditary stream would allow for
balanced development in the long term, just as living solely within a
single isolated provincial community would be a hindrance to living a
full life today.
I've always understood Steiner to mean that the reincarnating Ego is not
bound to any particular racial group but rather chooses to incarnate
into different hereditary lineages in order to grow. Why would Steiner
then, or anyone else with a similar regard for the function of the races
in human development, want to see any of them disappear? It only makes
sense that it is a too-strong attachment or over-identification with any
particular blood group *over time* that is unhealthy, not the spendid
variety of human existence made possible by different races and
cultures. To lose a race seems to me to be an even more profound a loss
for a reincarnationist than for one-life-only thinkers, who are limited
as they believe to the experience of only their hereditary line.
A worldview that includes this understanding of reincarnation has no
place for wanting any race or culture to cease to exist.
My 2 cents,
> But what has this sort of thing to do with the debate at
> > hand?
> Wanted to know where you were coming from with your comments thatquestions
> seem to point that you think Staudenmaier correct that Dr. Steiner
> was a racist? Do you consider that to be true? I have other
> but I guess I would like to have these questions answered regardingRaymon, can you answer the question above sometime soon? Do you think
> the doctrine before I go on further.
Dr. Steiner was a racist? Have you read Staudenmaiers Eco paper? And
if so have you checked the references to realities of the Doctors
work? And if so have you not noted the two or three word quote with a
Staudenmaier interpretation of said quote as if the Doctor stated
And if you do consider Dr. Steiner a racist what the hell are you
doing following such a man? Do you agree with any aspects that you
consider racist in Dr. Steiners work? Do you find yourself outside
the mainstream of Anthroposophy according to how others view his
work? What is the most important aspect of the Doctors work you think
serves the future of humanity? How do you feel about Sophia making
her reappearance center stage?
Come on Sophia,