Spiritual Science As a Foundation for Social Forms

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Anthroposophic Press, 1986 - Religion - 309 pages

COLOR- AND IMAGE-SATURATED THINKING

Since the end of the nineteenth century the spiritual evolution of humanity has led toward a more mobile living thinking in which the abstract and fixed relation of consciousness to language is dissolved. Language becomes more gesture-like in character as consciousness is filled with color and image.

When this fact of spiritual evolution is negated in the school system, in the forms of government and in economic relations, it leads to an unconscious frustration, a frustration which explodes in acts of violence and war.

Healing will come to social life when the inner mobility of soul acquired through the science of the spirit is allowed to mold new social forms. The reader will find a stimulation to inner activity and a wealth of insight into social life in this important volume by Rudolf Steiner.

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About the author (1986)

Austrian-born Rudolf Steiner was a noted Goethe (see Vol. 2) scholar and private student of the occult who became involved with Theosophy in Germany in 1902, when he met Annie Besant (1847--1933), a devoted follower of Madame Helena P. Blavatsky (1831--1891). In 1912 he broke with the Theosophists because of what he regarded as their oriental bias and established a system of his own, which he called Anthroposophy (anthro meaning "man"; sophia sophia meaning "wisdom"), a "spiritual science" he hoped would restore humanism to a materialistic world. In 1923 he set up headquarters for the Society of Anthroposophy in New York City. Steiner believed that human beings had evolved to the point where material existence had obscured spiritual capacities and that Christ had come to reverse that trend and to inaugurate an age of spiritual reintegration. He advocated that education, art, agriculture, and science be based on spiritual principles and infused with the psychic powers he believed were latent in everyone. The world center of the Anhthroposophical Society today is in Dornach, Switzerland, in a building designed by Steiner. The nonproselytizing society is noted for its schools.

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