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4924RE: [steiner] RS re true internationalism

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  • Durward Starman
    Aug 31, 2008
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      *******Also, I'd like to correct the impression left by this statement. First, most people in the world have never heard of Rudolf Steiner, so are not talking about him at all. Of those who know Steiner and have studied him, not one talks about him as racist. He was against racism and anti-Semitism forthrightly his whole life, as this quote you posted helps to demonstrate.
         So, what does this mean that there's a lot of "talk" about Steiner's racism? Answer: a tiny number of people who are virulently anti-Steiner are the ones doing this talking. In other words, a small number of cranks. Same thing wiith Albert Schweitzer: even though he sacrificed his whole life to heal poor Africans, I've heard him attacked for supposedly calling some working for him "lazy niggers" in his old age.
          It's not really worth paying attention to except as a symptom of the 'politics of personal destruction' practiced these days ----don't debate a person's ideas, imply they're a 'Nazi', a 'racist', etc. and that will dispose of them to the ignorant--- but when Steiner is slandered, we as anthroposophists are required to respond. There's lots more that could be quoted to refute this libel, but I wanted to make it clear there aren't lots of people talking about this accusation, it's the creation of a few with an axe to grind.


      Subject: [steiner] RS re true internationalism

      To all:

      Considering all the talk about Steiner’s
      alleged racism, it might be very worthwhile to
      look at a lecture that has just appeared at the

      Lecture: The Peoples of the Earth in the Light
      of Anthroposophy
      Lecture: 10th March, 1920 | Stuttgart |

      Here RS explains how a true internationalism
      must appreciate the differences among peoples.
      Of course, the lecture deserves to be read in
      full, but here are just a few relevant snips:

      “. . . . the particular qualities which make
      one people great are not possessed by the
      others, and we can understand these qualities
      only when we are able to love the other Peoples
      and appreciate the full value of their
      particular gifts. It is just when we penetrate
      into the inner nature and essence of the
      Peoples of the Earth that we find the
      differences of their individual natures. And
      then we realise that the all-embracing sphere
      of the ‘human’ is not expressed in its entirety
      through any individual man, or through the
      members of any one race, but only through the
      whole of mankind. If anyone would understand
      what he is in his whole being, let him study
      the characteristics of the different peoples of
      the Earth. Let him assimilate the qualities
      which he himself cannot possess by nature, for
      only then will he become fully man. Full and
      complete manhood is a possibility for everyone.
      Everyone should pay heed to what lives in his
      own inner being. The revelation vouchsafed to
      other peoples is not his and he must find it in
      them. In his heart he feels and knows that this
      is necessary. If he discovers what is great and
      characteristic in the other peoples and allows
      this to penetrate deeply into his own being, he
      will realise that the purpose of his existence
      cannot be fulfilled without these other
      qualities, because they are also part of his
      own inner striving. The possibility of full
      manhood lies in every individual, but it must
      be brought to fulfilment by understanding the
      special characteristics of the different
      peoples spread over the Earth.”

      “Whether we apply this to smaller races and
      individual peoples, or confine ourselves to
      what is typical everywhere we see that man in
      his whole nature is not expressed in the
      members of any one people or race. Full manhood
      is as yet only an urge within us, but this urge
      must grow into a love for all humanity, for
      those qualities we do not ourselves possess by
      nature but can acquire if we sincerely seek for
      knowledge of the nature of other peoples of the

      “True internationalism, by contrast, springs
      from a love which goes out to all peoples and
      races in order that the light received from
      them may be kindled in the deeds, concepts and
      creations of one's own people. Each individual
      race must so find its place in the great chorus
      of the peoples on the Earth that it contributes
      to the full understanding which can alone unite
      them all in real and mutual knowledge.”

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