Re: [steiner] Hesse
- In a message dated 11/23/2004 4:35:40 AM Eastern Standard Time, tma4cbt@... writes:
In his book "Steppenwolf" he prophesied the coming of "The Russian
man." This was a creature of nightmare who is no longer Homo
sapiens, but an existential monster who rejects all thought and all
human values: even his principium individuation or sense of self.
"He reaches forth beyond prohibitions, beyond natural instinct,
beyond morality. He is the man who has grasped the idea of freeing
himself, and on the other side, beyond the veil, beyond the
principium individuationis, of turning back again. The ideal man of
the Karamazovs loves nothing and everything, does nothing and
everything. He is primeval matter, monstrous soul-stuff. He cannot
live in this form; he can only pass on."
This is a man who transcended his humanity (his moral nature) in
favor of developing his universal self. He becomes, in essence, a
human without humanity. He has transcended his humanity in favor of
that which is beyond human, to that which is simultaneously
boundless and universal, yet also immoral and primeval.
******* By the way, Hesse was enough of a pupil of Steiner so that when Dr. Steiner issued his call for a Threefold Social Order in the chaos after WWI, Hesse was one of the signatories. Not sure how much he was in the movement, but apparently more than Kafka (who only dabbled in Theosophy a bit, but did have a meeting with Steiner he recorded in his diary----as did Gurdjieff, for historical interest).