RE: Helmut Zander - The Biography
- To all:
I just gathered and read Jean-Marc's excerpts
and comments on Zander's biography of RS.
(These were on "Anthroposophy Tomorrow"; I
missed most of them the first time. The thread
This, of course, is Zander's more recent book;
the big one previous was his massive "history"
of Anthroposophy in Germany.
My overall impression? -- It's in the same vein
as J-M's comment:
>>Why do radiant white doves of the Church,turn into rattlesnakes and scorpions - when they
are confronted with the true Michaelic emissary
of the Solar God - and his monumental
Yes, "rattlesnakes and scorpions" is an apt
picture. The main thing that this series of
posts brought home to me is: *hatred*.
Anthroposophy is *hated* -- not just opposed but
hated. Zander and Staudenmaier are just
examples of the form that this hatred can take
in academia, and the WC and suchlike are
examples of the form that it can take on the
Internet . . . but what we're looking at here is
something much bigger and more elemental.
The devils of Hell have always hated Christ;
that's how it appears to me. But it's a lot
harder to *understand*; this is not only
"opposition"; it is *hatred*. Steiner was the
foremost public representative of Christ in our
times, and the Anthroposophy that he gave is the
foremost, most effective expression of Christ in
our times -- so it is only natural that the
devils of Hell hate Steiner and Anthroposophy.
But how do these devils find human beings (so
many, it seems) to carry out this hatred? To
me, such viciousness doesn't seem human. I can
understand in human terms how someone could hate
someone else who had "done something" to one. I
can even understand in Reichian terms how
someone could panic and flee from whatever
causes "life energy" to flow and thus to release
stored "pain" (of all kinds) from "armor". That
is, I can understand human fear of "life energy"
(or the "Christ impulse"), but actual *hatred*?
. . . I can't quite grasp it.
But we Anthros had better find a way to wrap our
minds around it: it's here, and it's not going
away easily. We are not facing mere
"opposition"; we are facing real hatred, real
malice and malevolence. The kind that we see in
Zander's work and on the Internet manifests
mostly as the "astral murder" of slander and
distortion. But this verbal murder could become
physically murderous, as it did in Steiner's
I can observe such hatred and see how it works
-- see, that is, from the outside, but
understanding it from the inside is something
else. I'm baffled. It's easy enough to
understand hatred of someone who has inflicted
some kind of pain on a victim, but how does one
understand hatred of someone who has only freely
given Truth and Healing? Fear might be somewhat
understandable, but hatred is not, especially
not when the hatred turns into untruthful
maliciousness. Not understandable for me
anyway; I can see it, but I can't quite get
I'm just putting this out here for
contemplation. "We" had better come to terms
with it, somehow. Impossible as it seems, it's
a reality. It's here, and it could get worse.
Think about it,