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  • Thanks for the discussion. It is very valuable that you see the introduction to the book - whichever introduction it may be, as Rudolf Steiner wishing to present his work to those he felt would connect to the ‘journey’ he wants us to go on. Incidentally, it may be of interest to note that he was very explicit to demonstrate that after 1899 a big change took place in the possibility of more and more people becoming open to the idea of freedom. By 1918 those born after 1899 would be the new generation (now old enough to read this book) for whom the contents would simply be generally accessible. Secondly the point came out of your conversation that in order for us to understand the meaning of the individualism we get our feeling about, so that it can become a truth for us in our day to day life, is not something which instinctively connects simply to the wish to be individual. Of course, logically there can’t be anything instinctive about understanding what ‘individual’ means - it needs that individuality to come to expression. Extraordinarily, what one may discover in the course of reading the philosophy of freedom is that one engages with the process in such a way that can actually tackle the issue- which in turn allows the beginning of clarifying for ourselves who that individual is and where we can look to find hiem (- my postulated pronoun for ‘him or her’; as ‘hier’ might be for ‘he or she’).
    Once we get the feeling of how to approach the subject of ‘my freedom’ then Rudolf Steiner’s subsequent life work becomes intelligible, not as mad occultism, but the study of the individual human being - not alone in the universe, but as part of it. John Meletiou, UK.
  • Very sound and interesting discussion. Thx.

  • Great discussion!! Sorry I missed it, very busy with 3 kids and the holidays I'll try to make the next one or one after! ~Annie
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