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  • ted.wrinch
    Sure Frank, I ve got out of the habit of bothering with that old skool academic footnote stuff as it s all so easy to look up now. But, as you ask, it s
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 27, 2011
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      Sure Frank,

      I've got out of the habit of bothering with that old skool academic footnote stuff as it's all so easy to look up now. But, as you ask, it's lecture 7, 24th June, 1908, Nuremberg, The Apocalypse of St. John.

      T.

      Ted Wrinch

      --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "Frank Thomas Smith" <fts.trasla@...> wrote:
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      >
      > Hi Ted,
      > Could you please give the date of the lecture you are quoting.
      > Thanks,
      > Frank
      >
      > --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "ted.wrinch" <ted.wrinch@> wrote:
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      > > I've been reading Steiner's lectures on the Apocalypse for the first time and very interesting they are too. What I knew of them before I started was mostly gleaned from Der Staudi's indications, and included his favourite 'racist' passages. These included ones on Ahasureus (supposedly an anti-Semitic concept but actually descriptive of any race or people that ignores the spiritual future), the ascent of the spiritually advanced races and decay of others (a classic anthroposophical racist trope in Der Staudi's view) and etc.
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      > > What he failed to provide in his description of this lecture series, of course, is any kind of balanced or insightful account. But we are used to this from him and it's always seemed to me to be a function of his neo-Marxist historiography, that views ideas as ideology and history as power politics.
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      > > Steiner has many passages in the series where he describes the passing away of the significance of race, as civilisation moved from the Atlantean to the post Atlantean epoch (ignored by Der Staudi, who insists on calling the post Atlantean epoch the 'aryan epoch') and passages where he talks of the development of love as a principle once anchored in tribalism and blood relations (such as during the time of the Old Testament or the Germanic tribes during the Roman era) but from the time of Christ's life onwards as a principle above race and tribe (also ignored by Der Staudi). But the most significant passage I've found is the one where Steiner describes the birth of the last epoch of spiritual culture from the ashes of our own, as well as the movement into the next epoch:
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      > > " I have said that in the last third of the Atlantean epoch a small colony was formed from which our civilizations have been derived, and from which the two following will also originate. It will be somewhat different in the next epoch which will succeed all these. There will not be a colony limited to one place, but from the general body of humanity will everywhere be recruited those who are mature enough to form the good, the noble, the beautiful side of else next civilization, after the War of All against All. This again is a progress as compared with the earlier Atlantean epoch when the colony developed in one small place, but with us there is the possibility that from all races of the world will be recruited those who really understand the call of the earth mission, who raise up Christ within themselves, who develop the principle of brotherly love over the whole earth; and indeed, in the true sense, not in the sense of the Christian confessions, but in the sense of the true esoteric Christianity which can proceed from every civilization.."
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      > > …
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      > > "We are now beginning to comprehend the spiritual world from our immediately present intellectual civilization. It is the aim of true Anthroposophy, from out of the present intellectual standards, to comprehend the spiritual world, and to gather together those who can understand the call to spiritualize the world. These will not form a separate colony but will be gathered from every nation and will gradually pass into the sixth age, that is to say, not yet beyond the great War, but primarily into the sixth age, for necessities still exist which are connected with old race ties. In our epoch, races and civilizations are still inter-mingled. The true idea of race has lost its meaning but it still plays a certain part. It is quite impossible at present for every mission to be carried out equally by every people. Certain nations are predestined to carry out a particular mission. The nations which to-day are the vehicles of Western civilization were chosen to lead the fifth age to its zenith; they were the nations who were to develop the intellect. Hence wherever this civilization extends we have predominantly the civilization of the intellect, which is still not yet finished. This intelligence will spread still further, people will exercise still more of their spiritual forces in order to satisfy their bodily needs; to slay one another they will employ much greater spiritual forces before the great War of All against All. Many discoveries will be made in order to be able the better to carry on war, an endless amount of intelligence will be exercised in order to satisfy the lower impulses. But in the midst of it something is being prepared, with which certain nations of the East, the Northern part of the East, are gifted. Certain nations are preparing to emerge from a certain dullness and bring in a spiritual impulse with mighty force, an impulse which will be the opposite pole to intelligence. Before the sixth age of civilization, represented by the Community of Philadelphia, we shall experience something like a mighty marriage of peoples, a marriage between intelligence and intellect and spirituality…But you may compare objectively that which is attained as science and philosophy in the European West with that which appeared in the East, let us say in Tolstoi. One does not need to be a follower of Tolstoi, but one thing is true; in a book such as Tolstoi's about life you may read one page, if you understand how to read it, and compare it with whole libraries in Western Europe."
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      > >
      > > This passage shoots down in flames so many of Der Staudi's carefully constructed pieces of Steiner critical framework that the whole building looks in danger of being condemned (it's just as well he's got a comfy chair and pipe in his tenured academic office these days). Where now 'the supremacy of the white race', 'the aryans', 'the occult elitism', 'the Germanic future' and all the rest of the Der Staudi Steiner rogues' gallery? Well, of course, things will carry on much as usual for him and his academic and WC cronies - in our age of freedom and love no one is required to change if they don't wish to.
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      > > If we take a look at the predictable Hale feeding frenzy and mini-apocalypse going on in the Hole it seems to me that paying to attention to any of that just isn't worth it. The message is stale and the content flown. The only people who go there are atheist haters of the spirit; in fact the harbingers of the Apocalyptist's abyss...
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      > > T.
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      > > Ted Wrinch
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