The Turning Tide


From: dottie_z
Date: Tue Dec 16, 2003 9:20 pm
Subject: The Turning Tide

Dear Friends,

I have been following the critics list for about two years now. I find Mr.Staudenmaier's behaviour to be insidious in his attempt to recreate Steiner in his view. I feel like the tide is turning in favor of the truth of Dr. Steiners work regarding those who wish to tear it down for no other reason than to elevate themselves in the world such as Mr. Staudenmaier that serves 1) a godless world and 2) his own personal fame.

The reason I write today is because I am really inspired by Joels response to Peter. It's as if I can sense Peters shrinking, like the wicked witch of time, before my very own eyes.

I did find my self a bit worried watching this man try to connect Dr. Steiner to the Holocaust and Adolf Hitler. We could fight him with all kinds of proof yet he still just twisted things to his own thinking in the hopes of inspiring others to look upon Anthroposophists as a group who do not know their own history regarding their teacher. And the more studied one was in Anthroposophy the more ignorant Peter claimed him to be. He used three word quotes and made up the rest of the paragraph to show Dr. Steiners complicity in very nasty things that happened in Germany fifteen years after his death.

But something changed today in the manner that Joel responded. It was like an attack on the intellectual empty soul that has asked for the truth of who it is. It feels almost like no matter what Peter blusters about his game has been found out. We knew it before but I have never seen it tagged so eloquently and efficiently as Joel did today.

It was nice to see the tables turned,

Dottie

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From: Steinerhead
Date: Wed Dec 17, 2003 7:13 am
Subject: Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] The Turning Tide

In a message dated 12/17/03 5:21:16 AM dottie_z@yahoo.com writes:

But something changed today in the manner that Joel responded. It was like an attack on the intellectual empty soul that has asked for the truth of who it is. It feels almost like no matter what Peter blusters about his game has been found out. We knew it before but I have never seen it tagged so eloquently and efficiently as Joel did today.

It was nice to see the tables turned,

So true Dottie. I've known for a long time that the heartless accusations of a mechanistic way of thinking, are so devoid of what I consider to be true empathy. Peter has said to me that that he uses empathy in his historical research, but I still can't seem to find it in his writings.

When I was working as a volunteer in an adolescent drug rehab, I was able to connect with some of the kids on a very personal level. I could look them in the eye and see their tortured souls, and know what it was like to live a life that is devoid of meaning; and at the same time, I could tell that they knew, that I knew.

The value of this kind of human experience gets chewed up by intellectual discourse and "Textural analysis"; where our understanding of each other gets branded with a period at the end of a sentence.

I want to thank Joel for having the courage to jump in and mix things up over there. For me it has always felt like jumping into shark infested waters, and I think it quite a sacrifice of time and effort -- Thanks Joel !!

And thank you to Dottie for all your "waxing eloquent". ;^)

Truth and Love; They always win in the end.

Mike

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