It notes a complaint by a parent who witnessed an attack on their son where a teacher is alleged to have justified non-intervention by claiming the children were “working out their karma”. The Education Coordinator wouldn't answer me when I asked him if he believed in that theory, he point-blank refused! Perhaps Anthroposophists today hate few if any human beings of any kind. [22] Rudolf Steiner, FROM BEETROOT TO BUDDHISM (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1999), p. 59. He taught that numerous people will fall out of evolution long before the good humans move to their reward. In some ways, this is a specific instance of a broader Anthroposophical phenomenon, namely reading into Steiner's text what Anthroposophist readers would like to find there. The lips are shapeless and thick, the nose somewhat flat and not yet grown up in a sense ... [Negroes'] stories, their views on the world and creation are somewhat childish. 12. But let's do a thought experiment. Besides the separate individuals, a very real family and national Group Soul and racial Spirit is at work in the life of a family, a people, or a race. Mellett cites the Steiner lecture, "Color and the Human Races", delivered in 1923, within two years of Steiner's death. A black person is less evolved than a white: S/he may be a good person who will evolve higher, or she may be a bad person who is descending from higher racial forms. The officials note that Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy contains racist elements, such as that "blond hair bestows intelligence" by diverting nourishment from the eyes and hair into the brain, and that the spirit is reincarnated through the races, from "black to Aryan". But not all bodies have been prepared, in the way yours have been, by a small number of colonists who long ago migrated from the West to the East. By reason of the fact that they have not made use of life! Perhaps s/he started out in a low race, as we all do; s/he later evolved to a higher racial form; but then s/he regressed and sank to blackness again. names of publishing houses, dates of publication. But if we have a sense for Greek sculpture, we can feel how the ancient Greeks dreamed of a uniform, perfect, beautiful type of human being that should have developed. That way lies civilization and spirituality; other directions lead to (or cause people to remain mired in) savagery and materialism. They can’t be dismissed simply by saying that Steiner was a child of his times. blacks are childish, Asians are adolescent, whites are adult, and “red Indians” are old, dying, or effectively extinct. ...Throughout the book Martins devotes considerable attention to the anti-Jewish strands in Steiner’s thought and the way they intersected with his racial doctrines. Our daughter has suffered racism for the first time at a school. Before humankind can make its intended progress, vigorous measures must be taken to deal with the less-evolved peoples. Future events are frequently reflected in previous events. Steiner taught that thinking is the special field of endeavor for Aryans. According to the briefing, written in August and September 2010, the DfE was aware of “serious complaints” of staff bullying pupils in eight of the 25 independent Steiner schools, and that in several cases the schools had failed to investigate allegations of bullying by teachers. 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Conditions. Blacks and Orientals have blood types that are physically different from ours, our teacher informed us: Receiving such inferior blood would diminish our Aryan qualities. 9. By reason of the fact that they have not made use of life! We are standing in fact, viewed in the light of spiritual science, before something colossal that must necessarily come about in the future." 203-207. [11] Steiner took upon himself what may be considered an extension and fulfillment of the German national/racial mission, to create in Anthroposophy a system that organizes spiritual wisdom gleaned from around the globe and perfected by Germanic spiritual awareness. (Note that some peoples are excluded from this lineup; they have occupied, at best, tangential positions within the family of humankind. Knowing that overt racism is often considered objectionable, they often avoid overt professions of their racist attitudes and ideas. [3] Rudolf Steiner, UNDERSTANDING THE HUMAN BEING (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1993), p. 103. For a vast stretch of time ahead of us, we will continue to be wracked by racial divisions, according to Steiner, and these divisions will reflect important evolutionary differences among higher and lower human beings. Where they have happened I would not excuse them at all. What is generic in him serves only as a medium in which to express his own individual being. So they fall out of evolution and become a subordinate form of nature spirit — a being, bound up in the forces of materialistic nature, that has no true spirit. ... [H]uman souls proceed through the different races ... [O]ne is not condemned to live only in a primitive race while another stands at the highly developed stages of racial existence. Perhaps Rudolf Steiner hated few if any human beings of any racial or national group. Only the souls which sink in the race and do not work out of the physical materiality, are held back in the race by their own weight, as one might say. This website and its content is subject to our Terms and I have also translated an anti-Semitic lecture. "[C]onsider how different the natural abilities, how different the talents of the individual races are. The Negro race does not belong to Europe, and the fact that this race is now playing such a large role in Europe is of course nothing but a nuisance.”, > “Let us look first at the blacks in Africa. “At the least they should look at not funding further schools, and funding for the existing schools should be examined.”. This is such a stunning statement, I'm almost tempted to let it stand on its own, as if it needs no commentary. If translated into English it would contain the following passages: > “One can only understand history and all of social life, including today’s social life, if one pays attention to people’s racial characteristics. Steiner claimed to be clairvoyant [3], and he said he could teach his followers to develop their own clairvoyant capacities [4]. The evolution of man through the incarnations in ever higher national and racial forms is thus a process of liberation [leading to] an ideal future.” [7]. Malayans, Indians ["Indianer"= Native Americans], and Indians ["Inder" = Hindus]. And what does this sort of "truth" amount to? Here is one of Steiner’s statements about the differences between various human races: "On one side we find the black race, which is earthly at most. Progress — entailing possession of a true human ego — should be our goal. That's one possibility. We are left with a situation in which some races are higher than others, Steiner said — some races approach the ideal human type, while others diverge far from it. In the case of fair people, less nourishment is driven into the eyes and hair; it remains instead in the brain and endows it with intelligence. But every man gradually emancipates a greater or lesser sphere of his being, both from the generic characteristics of animal life and from domination by the decrees of human authorities." [2] Rudolf Steiner, NATURE SPIRITS (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1995), p. 70. What he said in public was often inconsistent with what he told his followers in less-public circumstances. One point to bear in mind is that racists often make statements that conceal or belie their real, racist beliefs. They were diverted to Europe.” [24] Here, Steiner speaks of the Chinese as a race or sub-race, and he indicates that because of widespread opium addiction in China, inferior, less-evolved souls have tended to incarnate in Chinese bodies. The genus explains why something in the individual appears in the form we observe. This is the unprejudicial truth, according to Steiner. This variety of anti-Jewish racism dates...to the emergence of so-called 'scientific racism' in the 19th century." When this race goes toward the West, it dies out. ...For those [of Steiner’s followers] who believe they are developing clairvoyant faculties in pursuit of Anthroposophy’s "Higher Worlds", Steiner’s racist doctrines, existing within an anthroposophical structure of reincarnation and karma, can be seen as essentially benevolent and redemptive. "People who listen to the great leaders of humankind, and preserve their soul with its eternal essence, reincarnate in an advanced race; in the same way he who ignores the great teacher, who rejects the great leader of humankind, will always reincarnate in the same race, because he was only able to develop the one form. (The French are damaging themselves and they are damaging "black people" as well, according to Steiner. Those laying the charges have increasingly shown themselves more interested in defaming the work of Rudolf Steiner than in finding what lay behind the apparently offending passages. This may make it seem odd to us that the human being, who after all has a unified nature, can appear in such a different and imperfect form. "The ancestors of the Atlanteans lived in a region which has disappeared, the main part of which lay south of contemporary Asia. Perhaps s/he is making moral errors in this life and therefore s/he will slip down a rung or two in the next life — s/he may incarnate in a lower race next time around. Only Steiner teachers and Anthroposophists are not. branched off then, staying behind as protozoa. (Note that Steiner, here again, speaks explicitly of "higher races. Once parents became concerned about the racism, they tried to find out … If so, it is a joke that only a racist would tell or find amusing. Why have they deserved this? This ideal is still opposed, even today, by many Jewish habits – and above all by the hatred of other people. Blond hair actually bestows intelligence. [5] Rudolf Steiner, VOM LEBEN DES MENSCHEN UND DER ERDE - ÜBER DAS ESEN DES CHRISTENTUMS, p. 62. As a result, other souls that normally should have incarnated in China have been shunted to Europe instead. A bad habit in theosophy to speak of races, the TEMPLE LEGEND Rudolf... 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