The Universal Human
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The Universal Human: The Evolution of Individuality

“This is one of the meanings of the Mystery of Golgotha: the attainment of the unity of humanity from within. Externally, human beings are becoming more and more different. The result will be not sameness but difference over the Earth, and human beings must exert all the more force from within to attain unity” —Rudolf Steiner (lecture 4)

In this collection, Rudolf Steiner describes the evolutionary task facing contemporary humanity in preparing to enter the sixth epoch. In the past, human souls felt a strong connection with the group soul to which they belonged. Today, all “group soul” characteristics—such as race and nation—must be stripped away.

Rudi Lissau wrote of the last lecture: “No anthroposophist should approach racial problems without first pondering this lecture and its implications.”

Steiner also explains that we must overcome such preconception as are formed by our normal notions and feelings of good and evil:

“Most people picture Ahriman and Lucifer as evil beings—albeit much more intensely evil than human beings. But this is not true; we must keep in mind that certain earthly feelings we associate with our concepts lose their meaning when we go beyond the earthly realm. Thus, we cannot say that there are good gods on the one hand and evil gods Ahriman and Lucifer on the other…. The opposing forces were created by the good gods themselves in an earlier period so that they would be able to bring to bear their full force for the development I have described. —Rudolf Steiner (lecture 4)

CONTENTS:

  1. Individuality and the Group Soul
  2. The God Within and the God of Outer Revelation
  3. The Lord of the Soul
  4. The Universal Human: The Unification of Humanity through the Christ Impulse

About the Author

Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.

Additional information

Weight 14 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 0.2 × 8.5 in
Author

Translator

Gilbert Church

Editor

Christopher Bamford, Sabine H. Seiler

ISBN13

9780880102896

Published

September 1990

Format

Paperback

Pages

96

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