Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday


From: Tarjei Straume
Date: Sat Apr 10, 2004 12:50 pm
Subject: Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday

In a previous message, I quoted an excerpt from an Easter lecture by Rudolf Steiner 84 years ago in Dornach: "The Blood-Relationship and the Christ-Relationship" (3rd April, 1920, GA 198). In this lecture, Steiner said that Nationalism (racism, fascism, chauvinism) and Leninism (intellectualism void of spirit, dialectical materialism) are two stones that have been laid over the grave of Christianity. And then he says:

"It now behoves humanity to inaugurate the epoch of Easter Sunday, when the stone or the stones are rolled away. Christianity will not rise from the grave until men overcome nationalistic passions and false forms of socialism; until they learn how to find, out of themselves, the forces that can lead to an understanding of the Mystery of Golgotha."

The complete lecture is available online at http://wn.elib.com/Steiner/Lectures/Easter/19200403a01.html

I am grateful to Diana and Peter for contributing to "Anthroposophy Tomorrow" with their arguments. When these arguments are juxtaposed vis-à-vis ordniary threads about Anthroposophy and comments about such arguments, the casual surfers are given the opportunity to judge for themselves the validity of the major claims coming from so-called "Waldorf Critics". I wouldn't write "Waldorf Critics" in quotation marks if these people were critics. Anthroposophy needs criticism, and Waldorf education perhaps even more so. These "Waldorf Critics," however, have proven themselves to be something quite different from "critics" in the ordinary sense.

According to Merriam-Webster Online, there is one definition of "critic" that may fit the PLANS people, but it's obviously very inadequate:

1 a : one who expresses a reasoned opinion on any matter especially involving a judgment of its value, truth, righteousness, beauty, or technique b : one who engages often professionally in the analysis, evaluation, or appreciation of works of art or artistic performances
2 : one given to harsh or captious judgment

As you can see, definition 2 almost fits, but not quite. "Harsh or captious judgment" does not cover smears, lies, intellectual dishonesty, vindictiveness, and promises to expose "the moral bankruptcy of the Steiner cult" (Dan Dugan) and to "bust a system of institutionalized racism" (Dan Dugan). With pronouncements like these, the PLANS-WC people are no longer "critics" at all, but something closer to what was recently aptly described by Jan in a recent post where Rudolf Steiner was quoted:

""As regards human shortcomings, our forbearance may be unlimited. Only where the substance of spiritual science is falsified and destroyed, can there be no forbearance."

With this in mind, I believe the name-calling that has taken place here from time to time is understandable, but far from the ideal reaction. On the Christian initiation path, there is something called "the crowning of thorns." This is a test we have to go through where what we hold most sacred and holy is ridiculed, mocked, jeered and attacked in the worst possible manner. We haven't exactly passed this test with flying colors, but I believe we've done better than many others would have done. This kind of thing takes practice.

Further comments on messages by DW and PS are hardly necessary. On the contrary, we're better off starting up regular threads about Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner, literature, art, poetry, movies, history etc. and let these threads stand side by side with rants from the "critics." PS has exposed himself here, and I feel a sigh of relief because of it. In one of his latest stunts, he asks why I'm confused, and when I say I'm not confused, he declares that I am indeed confused about his being an amateur historian and not a professor, although he makes various editors of publications think he is a professor etc. etc. He says something like "What's puzzling you is the nature of my game, oh yeah!", but I've heard that song too.

Some of my listmates have diagnosed PS and offered him remedies, and it may be argued with a certain justification that this implies an attack against person rather than argument. But we're not talking about normal argumentation here. We're talking about a frenzied, obsessive addiction to one doomed endeavor under the auspices of Dan Dugan: To link Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy to Adolf Hitler and Nazism by any conceivable means. This has to be accomplished step by step, of course, beginning with a valiant attempt to prove that Anthroposophy is anti-Semitic and racist, and that racism is the central element in the anthroposophical Weltanschauung.

Extreme intellectual acrobatics are called for in the pursuit of this formidable task. So he coaxes people into dialoges with him by various means, throwing in a lot of senseless questions to deflect the attention from weaknesses in his own arguments; then he proceeds to coach people about how to dialogue with him. He tries to push on others his own definitions, his frames of reference, his personal dictionary. He even explains how they should approach subjects and what arguments to use. He likes to point out how naive somebody is for not "knowing" this or that, when "this or that" is often one of his own personal paradigms.

Naturally, this may easily confuse anyone not sufficiently familiar with PS' tactics. This confusion is like a puff of smoke brought about by the magician on stage when he performs his trick, so the audience won't see his secret. And this is why PS wants to know how well his puff of smoke is working when he asks, for assurance, that the other party confesses his confusion or ignorance or insecurity. The amazing thing about this particular puff of smoke, however, is that once you get a few little glimpses through it, it disappears altogether, and the tricks of PS become transparent. And when that is recognized, you realize that the show is over.

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, commemorating the Risen One whose Deed made possible the event of Anthroposophy two millennia later. Anthroposophy was born a hundred years ago and is destined to expand dramatically in the 21st century. There is so much we need to talk about.

Good Easter to all of you,


Tarjei's confusion


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