The Mystery of the Earth: Essays in the Time of Coronavirus
“Rudolf Steiner himself did not just comment critically about the out-of-hand ‘fear of bacilli’ or the “obsession with hygiene” as “modern superstition,” but also warned about the dangerous reality of ‘pathogens of the worst kind’ that could become ‘destroyers of human life’ and bring with ‘dreadful epidemics.’” —Peter Selg
This volume—written by Peter Selg between Easter and Pentecost 2020—gathers a collection of essays on the medical, sociopolitical, and spiritual dimensions of the Covid crisis. He offers these essays as a means of orientation and “explorations” (in Paul Celan’s meaning). The author emphasizes in his preface, however, that representatives of Anthroposophy nevertheless have an obligation to speak out on the subject:
“If they silence or censor themselves because they do not want to seem in any way negative as a result of their critical reflections, or because even ‘before corona’ they quickly became the target of various accusations, they lose nothing less than the justification for their existence, their inner identity and credibility, as well as their ‘historical conscience’—the crucial meaning of which Rudolf Steiner pointed to time and again and not without reason.”
C O N T E N T S:
The Mystery of the Earth
Where Are the Sources of Life to Be Found?
No Standing Still
Perspectives on Epidemic Infectious Diseases in the Work of Rudolf Steiner
A Medicalized Society?
The Difficult Way to the “Whitsun Path”
Paris and the Fifth Gospel (2019)
“The Mystery of the Earth” (1929), by Ita Wegman
This book was originally published in German as Mysterium der Erde. Aufsätze zur Corona-Zeit (Verlag des Ita Wegman Instituts, Arlesheim, Switzerland, 2020). An earlier English translation of the essay “A Medicalized Society?” (translated by Thomas O’Keefe and Charles Gunn) first appeared in Deepening Anthroposophy, no. 9.1 (that translation has been revised for this volume).
About the Author
Peter Selg was born in 1963 in Stuttgart and studied medicine in Witten-Herdecke, Zurich, and Berlin. Until 2000, he worked as the head physician of the juvenile psychiatry department of Herdecke hospital in Germany. Dr. Selg is now director of the Ita Wegman Institute for Basic Research into Anthroposophy (Arlesheim, Switzerland) and professor of medicine at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (Germany). He lectures extensively and is the author of numerous books, many of which have been published in English.
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