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Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday

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  • Tarjei Straume
    In a previous message, I quoted an excerpt from an Easter lecture by Rudolf Steiner 84 years ago in Dornach: The Blood-Relationship and the
    Message 1 of 68 , Apr 10, 2004
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      In a previous message, I quoted an excerpt from an Easter lecture by Rudolf
      Steiner 84 years ago in Dornach: "The
      Blood-Relationship and the Christ-Relationship" (3rd April, 1920, GA 198).
      In this lecture, Steiner said that Nationalism (racism, fascism,
      chauvinism) and Leninism (intellectualism void of spirit, dialectical
      materialism) are two stones that have been laid over the grave of
      Christianity. And then he says:

      "It now behoves humanity to inaugurate the epoch of Easter Sunday, when the
      stone or the stones are rolled away. Christianity will not rise from the
      grave until men overcome nationalistic passions and false forms of
      socialism; until they learn how to find, out of themselves, the forces that
      can lead to an understanding of the Mystery of Golgotha."

      The complete lecture is available online at
      http://wn.elib.com/Steiner/Lectures/Easter/19200403a01.html

      I am grateful to Diana and Peter for contributing to "Anthroposophy
      Tomorrow" with their arguments. When these arguments are juxtaposed
      vis-à-vis ordniary threads about Anthroposophy and comments about such
      arguments, the casual surfers are given the opportunity to judge for
      themselves the validity of the major claims coming from so-called "Waldorf
      Critics". I wouldn't write "Waldorf Critics" in quotation marks if these
      people were critics. Anthroposophy needs criticism, and Waldorf education
      perhaps even more so. These "Waldorf Critics," however, have proven
      themselves to be something quite different from "critics" in the ordinary
      sense.

      According to Merriam-Webster Online, there is one definition of "critic"
      that may fit the PLANS people, but it's obviously very inadequate:

      1 a : one who expresses a reasoned opinion on any matter especially
      involving a judgment of its value, truth, righteousness, beauty, or
      technique b : one who engages often professionally in the analysis,
      evaluation, or appreciation of works of art or artistic performances
      2 : one given to harsh or captious judgment

      As you can see, definition 2 almost fits, but not quite. "Harsh or captious
      judgment" does not cover smears, lies, intellectual dishonesty,
      vindictiveness, and promises to expose "the moral bankruptcy of the Steiner
      cult" (Dan Dugan) and to "bust a system of institutionalized racism" (Dan
      Dugan). With pronouncements like these, the PLANS-WC people are no longer
      "critics" at all, but something closer to what was recently aptly described
      by Jan in a recent post where Rudonf Steiner was quoted:

      ""As regards human shortcomings, our forbearance may be unlimited. Only
      where the substance of spiritual science is falsified and destroyed, can
      there be no forbearance."

      With this in mind, I believe the name-calling that has taken place here
      from time to time is understandable, but far from the ideal reaction. On
      the Christian initiation path, there is something called "the crowning of
      thorns." This is a test we have to go through where what we hold most
      sacred and holy is ridiculed, mocked, jeered and attacked in the worst
      possible manner. We haven't exactly passed this test with flying colors,
      but I believe we've done better than many others would have done. This kind
      of thing takes practice.

      Further comments on messages by DW and PS are hardly necessary. On the
      contrary, we're better off starting up regular threads about Anthroposophy,
      Rudolf Steiner, literature, art, poetry, movies, history etc. and let these
      threads stand side by side with rants from the "critics." PS has exposed
      himself here, and I feel a sigh of relief because of it. In one of his
      latest stunts, he asks why I'm confused, and when I say I'm not confused,
      he declares that I am indeed confused about his being a an amateur
      historian and not a professor, although he makes various editors of
      publications think he is a professor etc. etc. He says something like
      "What's puzzling you is the nature of my game, oh yeah!", but I've heard
      that song too.

      Some of my listmates have diagnosed PS and offered him remedies, and it may
      be argued with a certain justification that this implies an attack against
      person rather than argument. But we're not talking about normal
      argumentation here. We're talking about a frenzied, obsessive addiction to
      one doomed endeavor under the auspices of Dan Dugan: To link Rudolf Steiner
      and Anthroposophy to Adolf Hitler and Nazism by any conceivable means. This
      has to be accomplished step by step, of course, beginning with a valiant
      attempt to prove that Anthroposophy is anti-Semitic and racist, and that
      racism is the central element in the anthroposophical Weltanschauung.

      Extreme intellectual acrobatics are called for in the pursuit of this
      formidable task. So he coaxes people into dialoges with him by various
      means, throwing in a lot of senseless questions to deflect the attention
      from weaknesses in his own arguments; then he proceeds to coach people
      about how to dialogue with him. He tries to push on others his own
      definitions, his frames of reference, his personal dictionary. He even
      explains how they should approach subjects and what arguments to use. He
      likes to point out how naive somebody is for not "knowing" this or that,
      when "this or that" is often one of his own personal paradigms.

      Naturally, this may easily confuse anyone not sufficiently familiar with
      PS' tactics. This confusion is like a puff of smoke brought about by the
      magician on stage when he performs his trick, so the audience won't see his
      secret. And this is why PS wante to know how well his puff of smoke is
      working when he asks, for assurance, that the other party confesses his
      confusion or ignorance or insecurity. The amazing thing about this
      particular puff of smoke, however, is that once you get a few little
      glimpses through it, it disappears altogether, and the tricks of PS become
      transparent. And when that is recognized, you realize that the show is over.

      Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, commemorating the Risen One whose Deed made
      possible the event of Anthroposophy two millennia later. Anthroposophy was
      born a hundred years ago and is destined to expand dramatically in the 21st
      century. There is so much we need to talk about.

      Good Easter to all of you,


      Tarjei
      http://uncletaz.com/
    • holderlin66
      Sizzling insights: In addition to an event on the scale of Pearl Harbor to jump- start their strategy, the Vulcans needed a front man -- an arrogant Nazi
      Message 68 of 68 , Nov 26, 2004
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        Sizzling insights:

        "In addition to an "event on the scale of Pearl Harbor" to jump-
        start their strategy, the Vulcans needed a front man -- an arrogant
        Nazi "Overman" doppleganger so shallow and eaten up with hubris that
        he could easily be convinced of his God-like superiority, and would
        have no qualms about the genocide necessary to reduce the world
        population and to achieve their goal of a new world order in which
        no nation dared challenge U.S. dominance.

        They needed an Orwellian fool, one willing to debase himself --
        unable to discern reality from fantasy. But more important, they
        needed one who could successfully captivate a gullible populace by
        cloaking acts of inhuman brutishness in words
        like "freedom," "democracy," "God," "liberation,"and "compassion."

        That man was George W. Bush. And he hit the stage in a dead run -- a
        rapper, a moon-walker, a whirling dirvish of death. He's on a
        killing rampage, and any American with the perception of an 8-year-
        old knows he must be stopped. Sooner rather than later."

        http://www.smirkingchimp.com/print.php?sid=18849

        Writing like they mean it.

        "They never seem to tire; their contortions grow more grotesque as
        they parade before the world with bells and whistles, high-wire
        acts, sword-swallowing feats, freak shows...one act bumping into
        another, faster and faster...now you see it, now you
        don't...grinning barkers motioning from the racuous celebration
        whirling beneath the big tent...tanks and gun-ships, bombs and
        blood...

        I am dumbfounded as people in this country clamor for tickets to the
        obscene, pornographic performance of this hideous group. I cannot
        understand why leaders of other nations stand by, enthralled --
        apparently with neither the courage nor the decency to yank the
        curtain before this murderous bunch shows up with their next act and
        brings the entire international house down.

        Later, when the stench of bloated corpses can no longer be ignored,
        they'll say they didn't know. But they knew. We all knew. Dick
        Cheney, Vulcans' production manager and Paul Wolfowitz, dance
        director, published the show's program in 1992 with their "Defense
        Planning Guidance," wherein they called for "preemptive" military
        action against friend and foe alike, to establish and maintain the
        U.S. as the sole global superpower.

        Fortunately, this act flopped. But the Vulcans didn't go away. They
        merely backed off and waited in the wings while refining their
        little program for world domination and looking for a lead singer
        for their group.

        In addition to an "event on the scale of Pearl Harbor" to jump-start
        their strategy, the Vulcans needed a front man -- an arrogant
        Nazi "Overman" doppleganger so shallow and eaten up with hubris that
        he could easily be convinced of his God-like superiority, and would
        have no qualms about the genocide necessary to reduce the world
        population and to achieve their goal of a new world order in which
        no nation dared challenge U.S. dominance.

        They needed an Orwellian fool, one willing to debase himself --
        unable to discern reality from fantasy. But more important, they
        needed one who could successfully captivate a gullible populace by
        cloaking acts of inhuman brutishness in words
        like "freedom," "democracy," "God," "liberation,"and "compassion."

        That man was George W. Bush. And he hit the stage in a dead run -- a
        rapper, a moon-walker, a whirling dirvish of death. He's on a
        killing rampage, and any American with the perception of an 8-year-
        old knows he must be stopped. Sooner rather than later.

        That's why we have a Constitution, a Congress -- a watchdog media.
        It's time for the madness to stop -- before the terrorism and evil
        we are spreading in the name of freedom metastisizes further, and we
        are drawn onto massive global killing fields from which there is no
        escape.

        Later, some will say, "We didn't know what they were doing to our
        children...we were just supporting our troops...If only the media
        had told us -- had shown us what was going on -- we would have done
        something to stop it."

        But they will know in their hearts that the time to have stopped it
        was before it started -- the instant the first big lie was told.
        They will know that on Nov. 2, when they bought tickets for four
        more years of madness, more than 1,200 Americans had already been
        brutally slaughtered, more than 9,000 Americans injured or maimed
        for life, and more than 100,000 innocent Iraqi men, women and
        children destroyed.

        And all for lies. For greed. For power."

        holderlin previously wrote:

        "Now writers like Paul Krugman are important, but in seeing what we
        had to face before the 21st century, there have been many, many
        great thinkers who understood that a Michael battle was on, a War of
        sorts, rooted in Nominalists vs Realists, a divided Nation...long
        before the twin towers were brought down and long before the dawning
        of the 21st century slipped away from us, Steiner was deeply into
        the battle, organizing the troops, outlining the cognitive
        symptomology that you would have to learn in order to learn the
        nature of the enemy.

        Cognitive Symptomology is how we study Orwell, or
        Twain's "Mysterious Stranger" or Nietzsche and his Anti-Christ,
        along with Soloviev and his Anti-Christ. It is how we, down stream
        from the first dawning of the Michael battle, having brought with us
        our experiences from our time in the Mars Sphere with Buddha and St.
        Francis and how the Michael School imbued the star seeds, we humans,
        with strong courage to awaken our I AM's to the battle for the
        future humans, would have to wage against Ahrimanic forces that
        would be appearing in human thought, feeling and will.

        Steiner outlined and brought the battle to the attention of humanity
        long before the second wave, us, were impacted with the deception of
        the Neocon Ahrimanic bid from the Imperial West. Imagine the 100,000
        Iraqi dead if you wish to imagine shattering tragedy, against
        America. Our shameless guilt for starting a preemptive war is a
        shattering, shattering crime that America has done against the very
        trust and conscience that has always had faith in America's
        humanity. We have betrayed and refuse to acknowledge and the very
        President who refuses to admit this mistake is backed by at least 50
        million voters. Fifty million voters, who have failed to carry out
        and consider what America truly represented in the hearts of
        billions of people."
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