4763RS re Providence
- Apr 3, 2008To All:
If we are inclined to despair at the way that
the world is going now, or especially at the
troubles and failures of the Anthro Movement
and Society(ies), we might wish to take a
moment at least to consider how Steiner had
"faith" in Providence, in the wise and loving
order that ultimately rules in the world,
despite appearances. RS did believe, with
Paul, that all things work together for good ..
In one instance he puts it this way, speaking
to Anthros about Anthroposophical efforts:
". . . . that spiritual forces hold sway in the
world, that they help us, that we may entrust
ourselves to them. And if sometimes it seems as
if things are not going well, then we say to
ourselves that if we are not successful it is
because the powers behind our activity do not
intend us to succeed, and not to succeed would
then be the right thing."
(*Wonders of the World*; Lecture 1; 18th
August, 1911; Munich; GA 129)
So, sometimes even Anthroposophical failures
can be the "right thing" for the development of
world-evolution . . . in much the same way, I
suppose, as cancer can sometimes be the "right
thing" for an individual's development. Some
might express much the same thought by saying
that sometimes Divine Justice (which is Love's
Severity) requires that we, mankind, need to be
"punished" for our "sins".
But this "punishment", rightly understood, is
education . . . the hard way.
I'd still much rather that we learn our lessons
the easy way.
Just a thought,
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