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"The purpose of The Philosophy Of Freedom is to lay the foundations of ethical individualism and of a social and political life." Rudolf Steiner


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I've enjoyed bits and pieces of Steiner over the last couple of years (since reading Gary Lachman's book and discussing Steiner off and on with a friend).  While much that he has to say leaves me puzzled, at best, I've read enough (generally speaking) to appreciate his genius.  My favorite quote is as follows:

"…thinking must never be regarded as merely a subjective activity. Thinking lies beyond subject and object. It produces these two concepts just as it produces all others. When, therefore, I, as thinking subject, refer a concept to an object, we must not regard this reference as something purely subjective. It is not the subject that makes the reference, but thinking. The subject does not think because it is a subject; rather it appears to itself as a subject because it can think. The activity exercised by thinking beings is thus not merely subjective. Rather is it something neither subjective nor objective, that transcends both these concepts. I ought never to say that my individual subject thinks, but much more that my individual subject lives by the grace of thinking“ (from Chapter 4 of “The Philosophy of Freedom”, "The World as Percept").

Not sure where I snagged that translation (it may or may not be the one used on this site), but I find that quotation very expressive of one aspect of my own philosophy which I have attempted to articulate in this short essay:

Recognizing and Honoring the Light of Awareness

I have joined this community based on my appreciation of that quotation alone.  I have a hard-copy of the book (translated by Michael Wilson), but have not really begun reading it yet.  I'm hoping that interacting with folks here will provide the impetus to begin reading it in earnest.  In the meantime, I would be interested to know how (to your mind) my use of this quotation tracks with its implication for Steiner's overall philosophy of freedom.  Thank you for any feedback you care to offer.


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Rudolf Steiner Right Before Bed

can point my finger and wiggle it.
But WHAT is "I"?
WHAT is "WHAT?" for that matter.

When I close my eyes and recite
the words of a poem in my mind,
there is a sound to these words
that cannot be heard by anyone
except myself.
to speak them out loud.

And make them real.

do I know something?
Or do I know nothing?
The answer is both yes
and no.
But what does it mean
to KNOW something?

Thinking about the 
THING that thinks.


I can say YES to them

Or I can say No to them.

It is my choice.

But why do we choose - what we choose?

What is choice?
A chemical release of good or bad hormones?
Is choice biological?
Is it possible that all we really need to change the world,

is a change in diet?

Maybe terror-ISM is related to constipation,

and bad diet.

In addition to

bad thoughts,

leading to bad choices.

This post is what happens when you read

Rudolf  Steiner right before bed.

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