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  • Tarjei Straume
    Perhaps this is a good time to let Rudolf Steiner explain Rudolf Steiner about this issue:
    Message 1 of 57 , Mar 27, 2004
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      Perhaps this is a good time to let Rudolf Steiner explain Rudolf Steiner
      about this issue:

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      At the beginning of Earth-evolution, the human being was part of a
      group-soul - as expressed in race, blood, family and so on - to a far
      greater extent than was the case later on. As evolution continues he
      becomes more and more of an individual, develops his individuality. We have
      heard what an important part certain forces play in the development of the
      individuality during Earth-evolution: consciousness that is dependent on
      the physical body; memory and remembrance which are dependent upon the
      ether-body; and karma, whereby a man can make real progress, in that his
      imperfections and faults do not remain but can be overcome by him as he
      passes through one incarnation after another. But the 'forms' or 'forces'
      created by thoughts and feelings, although they detatch themselves from the
      human being and lead an independent existence, are nevertheless closely
      united with him, in that they leave vestiges behind; these vestiges, as
      they are sent out by the 'I', contribute to the definition of the
      individuality and man gradually divests himself of the qualities belonging
      to the group-soul. The trend which will become more and more general over
      the globe and will form the essential, fundamental character of the Sixth
      epoch of culture, is no kind of approach to a new group-soul, but far
      rather the laying aside of the attributes of the group-soul. Intimately
      connected with this is the fact that the spiritual guidance of human beings
      will become more and more a matter individual to each one; they will have
      greater inner freedom in this respect.

      Anyone who has understood the trend of the little book The Spiritual
      Guidance of Mankind will realise that a movement in this direction is in
      very truth taking place in the human race. It is a fact that in ancient
      times men lived under external leaders and teachers, but even in those
      days, leadership was gradually becoming an inner concern. Just as the outer
      form becomes an expression of the Individuality, so does the path to the
      spiritual worlds taken by human beings become more and more their
      individual concern. It is the duty of those who have insight into the signs
      of the times to insist that human beings have not remained stationary at an
      earlier stage of development, that the forces once employed, cannot be
      repeated in the same form, simply because men have gone forward in their
      evolution. In the age that is coming, the souls of men will become more and
      more mature, able to discern and perceive those things of which Spiritual
      Science teaches today.

      The 'Mystery of Golgotha', as the essential Christ event, was an outer
      happening, striking into the physical world; a future Christ Event will be
      an inner concern, inasmuch as the soul of man has been so quickened by the
      first Christ Event that in days to come, the way to Christ will be found in
      the Spirit, out of the life of soul.

      Wherever you look in Spiritual Science as it is presented here, you will
      always find - even in the case of very specialised details - that it is
      consistent with your own powers of reason and free judgement, provided only
      that you make a real effort to apply this free power of judgement. In that
      the individual human being is all the time becoming more accessible to
      influences from the spiritual world, the authority of external leadership
      will gradually lose its weight. It is very important to realise that the
      ancient wisdom exists and must be understood, that understanding of it can
      constantly increase if men's souls are open to the spiritual worlds and if
      they strive to grasp this wisdom with their powers of reason. This is the
      very essence of progressive evolution. However specialised the subjects may
      be, appeal to individual reason and judgement must never be excluded."

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      - Earthly and Cosmic Man, 20 June, 1912


      Tarjei
      http://uncletaz.com/
    • at@ael...
      Another difficult question that Peter Staudenmaier continues to run away from: cultural evolution. He has indignantly declared that natural selection does not
      Message 57 of 57 , Apr 22, 2004
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        Another difficult question that Peter Staudenmaier continues to run away from: cultural evolution. He has indignantly declared that natural selection does not apply to cultures. I don't know why he thought anyone would claim such a thing. But he cannot explain if he feels cultures evolve at all, or how. Condescend to me, Peter. Try answering this.

        Daniel Hindes
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        From: at@ael...
        Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2004 10:21 PM
        Subject: Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] RS about racial evolution

        Hi Daniel, you wrote:
        "So the human body evolved, and ideas evolve, but cultures (composed of bodies and ideas) don't evolve?"
         
        Peter Staudenmaier:
        Not by natural selection. If you believe that cultures evolve by natural selection, then I think you have an inadequate grasp of the concept. Cultures are neither genetic nor hereditary.
         
        Daniel:
        Peter, one of the first things you learn in Biology is that evolution does not equal natural selection. There are many theories of evolution. Relativly few of them involve natural selection as the method of evolution (though the generally accepted ones do). Your education might benefit from a few basic biology courses.
         
        Repeat: "Evolution does not equal natural selection."
         
        Good, now I hope that you won't misapply the methods of biology to culture (you of all people should know what a mess that creates).
         
        Back to my origional question:
        "So the human body evolved, and ideas evolve, but cultures (composed of bodies and ideas) don't evolve?"
        Note: I did not ask if cultures evolved through natural selection. I asked if they evolved at all by any mechanism.
         
        Daniel Hindes
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