4231RE: [steiner] Thinking
- Mar 17, 2007Bravo, Mathew. It seems to me Steiner very heavily stresses thinking in his "The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity" as well as in many of his works!
--- On Fri 03/16, Mathew Morrell < tma4cbt@... > wrote:
From: Mathew Morrell [mailto: tma4cbt@...]
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2007 04:27:38 -0000
Subject: [steiner] Thinking
Not right now, but perhaps 100 or 200 years in the future, the
explosion of technology in artificial intelligence will force the
spiritual community to confront the issue of thinking. What is it?
Does it have any value? Will we be better off sacrificing our human
thinking to computer technology capable of performing certain mental
tasks with greater power and efficiency?
So much of the spiritual training at the Ranch was geared toward the
elimination of thinking, i.e. prolonged meditations that would last
for days ala Billy Bayber, resulting in the loss of selfhood,
psychological disassociation, lessened will power, and depression.
The mind, consequently, became blunted like a dull pencil in need of
Not only at the Ranch, but in the New Age community at large,
thinking is demonized. Thinking is seen as something that
hinders "oneness" with the cosmos, and should be eliminated.
Rudolph Steiner, on the other hand, valued thinking and repeatedly
stated it wasn't a barrier, but rather is the very essence of
spirituality: the formless movement of consciousness. Our task
isn't the annihilation of consciousness; it is to make our thinking
stronger, clearer, more acute and more penetrating. In that way
we're capable of seeing beyond the illusionary forms of reality that
trick us into believing that the earth is hell, that life stinks, and
that only the loss of selfhood leads to happiness and enjoyment.
We can assume that the direction that the New Age community is moving
in respect to thinking is in the opposite direction, away from a
spiritualized vision of thinking and toward the extinction of
thought. Computer technology will eventually make this goal of
theirs very much possible
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