Anthroposophy and Humanity

Anthroposophy is the name given by Rudolf Steiner* to a vast body of knowledge and characterizations concerning humankind’s collective and individual spiritual, soul and earthly heritage. Anthroposophy provides much needed perspective for meeting the challenges and dilemmas of continuing to become the human race.  Now readily accessible as Anthroposophy, this knowledge was, throughout history, gained and possessed in parts by a few and passed-on to a few. Rudolf Steiner made it his life’s work to translate this previously unarticulated and safeguarded knowledge into the modern conceptual form, making it available to all of humankind. Arrived at and elaborated by way of methodical disciplined scientific research into the spiritual world**, Rudolf Steiner integrated this spiritual science with his thorough education in natural science to make Anthroposophy available to all of humankind (to the extent it has been translated***). Anthroposophy is therefore the necessary complement for understanding the full significance of the natural sciences and their ongoing discoveries, findings and evidence.  A worldview befitting the dignity of all humankind is encompassed by Anthroposophy.

Commonly mislabeled or misconstrued as a philosophy or a religion, Anthroposophy is neither. As a body of knowledge and characterizations, it’s clarifying and enlivening effects have led to significant cultural, educational and scientific contributions and initiatives****, which are slowly gaining recognition. For individuals searching or seeking for self knowledge Anthroposophy is an invaluable aid, engaging each uniquely as a being of body, soul and spirit.

People often form groups to study Anthroposophy, reading together to comprehend over time it’s comprehensive and scientific worldview. Some students or supporters of Anthroposophy are members of a worldwide movement called the General Anthroposophical Society, based at a World Heritage Site building called the Goetheanum, in Dornach, Switzerland. The General Anthroposophical Society, an all-inclusive society formed to support the helpful contributions of Anthroposophy in the world, welcomes supporters to join this society, and one can explore membership in the United States through this link: < http://www.anthroposophy.org/membership>.

*Rudolf Steiner (Feb. 27th, 1861 – March 30, 1925), born in Austria, was a scientist and artist of unusual breadth and depth, who apparently cared deeply for humankind. His advocacy for humankind was evident in his many contributions to science, art and religion, including contributions to the disciplines and study of pedagogy, physics, botany, zoology, medicine, agriculture, social sciences, chemistry, philosophy, art, architecture, nutrition, the study of history, and astronomy, to name some.

**Steiner purportedly developed a natural capacity for “comprehensively” arriving at knowledge, a capacity he said was latent in humankind, and thus a capacity that any earnest and honest soul could eventually develop if they so desired. While Steiner indicated that replicating his spiritual-scientific findings is contingent on further development and refinement of common soul capacities, Steiner also said that comprehending Anthroposophy does not require a belief in it’s descriptions (many of which seem unbelievable at first, or second, glance), but it does require one’s own unprejudiced thinking participation to properly evaluate them, along with a feeling for discovering what is true in life; these capacities of thinking and feeling, he points out, are the same capacities necessary for honest discovery and participation in the natural scientific realm.

***Between 1883 and his death in 1925, Rudolf Steiner, using the German language, worked as a writer and lecturer, giving some 6000 lectures, while writing hundreds of essays and more than a score of books. (from rsarchive.org/Holdings/)

****Among the many initiatives that have grown out of Anthroposophically informed scientific knowledge are: Waldorf education and Waldorf Schools (known as Steiner schools in Europe); Biodynamic agriculture; Anthroposophical medicine; natural scientific initiatives; performing arts initiatives including dramatic and speech arts, and the art of Eurythmy; visual and sculptural arts initiatives; social initiatives, including financial initiatives.

This local events calendar is maintained by friends of Anthroposophy in Eugene for the benefit of the local community.  All events listed herein have some kind of relationship to Anthroposophy. Listed events should not be construed as representative of Anthroposophy per se, but rather are the initiatives of individuals seeking to deepen or share their own understanding of Anthroposophy.

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