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Principles For Developing Ethical Individualism

This post has my notes for a video I am working on tentatively titled, "Principles For Becoming Your True Self".

Many people today are experiencing the stress and depression of identity confusion. Who am I? Am I defined by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, class, nationality, political affiliation or religion? Rudolf Steiner described our True Self in his most important work, The Philosophy Of Freedom. Seeing how relevant the fundamental question of identity is today, it is not hard to understand why Steiner said that this is the book that would outlast all his other works.

Rudolf Steiner called our True Self a Free Spirit and an Ethical Individualist. Steiner described the path he took to become a Free Spirit in The Philosophy Of Freedom. If the principles in the book are applied to life and you discipline your thinking, you can reach your full human potential. This why Steiner was able to make the promise that if you follow this path to real freedom you will attain what you seek to achieve in life and much more.

0. Cultivate An Individualistic Attitude In Life And In Truth
1. Question Your Acts As Free Or Not
2. Strive For True Knowledge That Unifies Self-World
3. Practice Pure Thinking
4. Continually Correct Your World-Pictures
5. Rightly Apply Concepts To The World
6. Individualize Concepts Into Reality-Based Ideas
7. Find The Cognitive Power To Answer Your Questions
8. Find Feeling And Will In Thinking
9. Actualize The Concept Of The Free Spirit
10. Obey The Impulse Of Freedom
11. Envision Purpose Into Your Life
12. Creatively Translate Ideals Into Concrete Goals
13. Achieve The Goal With An Empowered Will Sustained By Intuitions
14. Identify As Your True Self, An Ethical Individualist

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The Philosophy Of Freedom Study Guide

  THE PHILOSOPHY OF FREEDOM STUDY GUIDE

THE STUDY GUIDE WITH PAGE DESCRIPTIONS
This is a link to the Study Guide with page descriptions added.

  SCIENCE OF FREEDOM (introduction)

WHO WAS RUDOLF STEINER?
WHY A SCIENCE OF FREEDOM?
HOW IS FREEDOM POSSIBLE?
WHAT IS ETHICAL INDIVIDUALISM?
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PRO-HUMAN?
HOW TO STUDY THE PHILOSOPHY OF FREEDOM?
WHAT IS THE CULTURE WAR?
WHY MUST WE DEFEND WALDORF EDUCATION?

  AUTHOR

THE CREED OF RUDOLF STEINER
RUDOLF STEINER BIOGRAPHY
SCHOLAR
ANARCHIST
HUMANIST
PUBLISHER Magazin für Literatur

  INTRODUCTION

WHAT IS FREEDOM?
1895 REVIEWS OF TPOF
RUDOLF STEINER'S PATH
BOOK INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER SUMMARY
PRINCIPLES

  READING

THE MISSING CHAPTER
NEW READABLE EDITION
ALL TRANSLATIONS

  STUDY

HOW TO STUDY
PROJECT BASED STUDY
START A STUDY GROUP
GROUP CONVERSATION
FREE COMMUNITIES

  SELF-STUDY COURSE

STEPS TO FREEDOM
OBSERVATION OF THOUGHT EXERCISES
ASK RUDOLF STEINER
12 VIEWS STUDY
BRIAN GRAY LECTURES
COMIC BOOKS
LET'S PLAY JEOPARDY!

  THOUGHT-STRUCTURE

12 WORLD VIEWS
TOPIC HEADINGS

  ETHICS

THE HUMAN IDEAL
ETHICAL INDIVIDUALISM
ETHICAL ADVOCACY

  SOCIAL AND POLITICAL

SOCIETY AND POLITICS
CENSORSHIP
COGNITIVE RIGHTS

  VIDEOS

VIDEO PLAYER
SUBSCRIBE TO YOUTUBE FOR NEW VIDEOS

  REFERENCE

DOWNLOAD THE FOUR BASIC BOOKS
BASIC BOOKS REFERENCE QUOTES
LEXICON
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The original 1894 Preface of TPOF begins in Anthropomorphism (Naturalism). This expands out into the Tones Intuitionism (Part I of TPOF, Theory Of Freedom) and Theism (Part II of TPOF Reality Of Freedom). Then Part I and Part II  become 7 chapters according to the 7 Moods (the way one pursues knowledge). Then each chapter becomes an introduction that expresses the chapter theme and Mood followed by 12 worldviews or 12 different perspectives on the chapter theme.

"So does a widespread Anthropomorphism arise in the world. If one goes out beyond man in himself, as one must go out to Sun and Moon for an explanation of the phenomenon of the Earth — something that present-day science does not do — then one comes to recognize three different things, Theism, Intuitionism and Naturalism side by side and each with its justification. For it is not by insisting on one of these tones, but by letting them sound together, that one arrives at the truth. And just as our intimate corporeal relation with Sun, Moon and Earth is placed in the midst of the seven planets, so Anthropomorphism is the world-outlook nearest to the harmony that can sound forth from Theism, Intuitionism and Naturalism, while this harmony again is closest to the conjoined effect of the seven psychic moods; and these seven moods are shaded according to the twelve signs of the Zodiac.

You see, it is not true to talk in terms of one cosmic conception, but of 12 + 7 == 19 + 3 == 22 + 1 == 23 cosmic conceptions which all have their justification. We have twenty-three legitimate names for cosmic conceptions." Human And Cosmic Thought by Rudolf Steiner

 

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Rudolf Steiner wrote The Philosophy Of Freedom. Part I is a Hero's Journey to True Knowledge and Part II is a Hero's Journey to your True Self.

THE ORDINARY WORLD: The Hero's Journey begins in our ordinary life of group think and group identity. My group determines how I should think, how I should behave and my social position, yet I remain under the illusion that I am free.

THE CALL: Eventually, a point of maturity is reached when a person hears the call to freedom. A life of conditioned responses and group conformity is not satisfying. He asks, What is the source of my ideas and What are the real reasons for my actions? Obviously, I cannot be free if I produce no ideas and only follow others. Does my life have any real value without freedom? But is freedom even possible?

MEET THE MENTOR: Centuries of philosophical debate have not been able to conclusively answer the question of freedom. By chance, I came across Rudolf Steiner who points to an experience of freedom in his book "The Philosophy Of Freedom." Steiner is not just another speculating philosopher. He presents a science of freedom that is a map to guide the journey to free thought and free deeds. The path begins by overcoming the weakness caused by uncertainty and doubts. Steiner's path to true knowledge empowers each one of us with conviction, the conviction found only in truth that springs from within.

CROSSING THE THRESHOLD: True knowledge cannot be reached in ordinary thinking and perception. Thinking must be disciplined to cross the threshold into the realm of universal concepts. This is the place of pure thinking where thought is guided by thought. Before we can understand anything else, thinking must be understood.

LOST IN THE ABYSS: Within the world of thought I become lost in the abyss of abstract conceptual systems. How can I know anything other than my ideas? I am enclosed within my subjective world of ideas and cannot escape from it. Reactive thinking immediately inserts my ideas between myself and the perceived world blinding me to the real world.

THE TREASURE: Life is difficult for a person who is unable to grasp reality. Eventually, a person learns that if their thoughts do not apply to the world, then their judgments are wrong. The way out is to recognize that the world causes thoughts in the mind. When selflessly observing the world a conceptual intuition arises within me to make the world intelligible. True judgment is a skill that depends on developing the powers of intuition. It requires finding the thought that corresponds to my observation and placing the thing in its proper context.

TRANSFORMATION: Having grasped the conceptual essence of a thing, I can now individualize the concept by relating it to my unique individuality. Now my creative ideas are reality-based. If my feeling life is devoid of thought I will lose all connection with the world. But knowledge transforms my feeling-life. Gaining knowledge educates and develops my feelings. I become a true individuality by purifying my feelings, by reaching up with my feelings as high as possible into the region of ideals.

THE RETURN: I make my return with new powers of cognition. Now the "world of appearance" reveals its true nature to me. When I know what to make of the world, it is an easy task to orient myself within it.

By completing the Hero's Journey to True Knowledge we have become a cognizing or knowing being. Now we must enter into a new Hero's Journey to become a free being.

THE CALL: The journey to become a free spirit begins with a call to self-knowledge. I turn my developed cognitive abilities toward integrating my personality by understanding my feelings and acts of will. If I turn away from thinking and towards "mere" feeling and will, these lose for me their genuine reality. The challenge is to find both feeling and will in the intuitive experience of thinking, then I experience an outpouring of spiritual love.

MEET THE MENTOR: Only I alone can transform myself into my true self. But before this is possible I must be able to answer the question, "What is a free spirit?" How can I expect to become a free spirit if I do not know what it is? I have to find the concept of the free spirit. Again, I turn to Rudolf Steiner. He provides me with the idea of freedom in Part II of The Philosophy Of Freedom.

CROSSING THE THRESHOLD: As an unfree person I submit to the moral authority of those wiser and more powerful than myself, until I realize these authorities are just weak human beings like myself. The driving force of a free spirit is an ethical impulse to act that springs from intuition. Experiencing the impulse of freedom began a new life for me. I now obey only myself by allowing this impulse to express itself in life.

LOST IN THE ABYSS: What is my destiny? Is there a purpose to the world or to life that has predetermined my life's journey? I am told that my course in life has already been determined by others, by the laws of nature, by the course of history, by cosmic purposes. No, I set my own life purposes. My task, as a free spirit, is at every moment the one I choose.

THE TREASURE: Before making a decision, an unfree person will ask, What have others done or What has God commanded be done? A free spirit makes a completely original decision. He cares very little about what others have done. Performing a free deed is a skill that requires developing the capacity of moral intuition and moral imagination. It also requires the general scientific knowledge of moral technique. Moral intuition is the intuitive selection of an ethical principle to suit a particular situation. Moral imagination is the creative translation of the ethical principle into a concrete goal. And moral technique is the technical implementation of the goal into the world without causing harm. The ethical individualists true joy of life is achieving free deeds.

TRANSFORMATION: The Pessimist says the egotistical striving for pleasure does not lead to satisfaction. Instead, we should submit ourselves to the selfless service of cultural progress. The Pessimist does not understand the transformation a person undergoes to become a free spirit. The highest pleasure of the free spirit is the achievement of his idealistic goals. Ethics depends on a strong will empowered by ideal intuitions that achieves its goal even though the path is full of thorns. A true individuality is his own master.

THE RETURN: Having emancipated myself from the characteristic traits of my group type, I live within community as an independent free spirit. My contribution to advance the moral life of the community is conduct that springs from intuition. As an Ethical Individualist I live out in practice the ideas of my moral imagination.

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9741840265?profile=RESIZE_710xThe infamous Salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft. Today the hysteria sweeping the country are accusations of White Supremacy.

The Eugene Waldorf School has called upon Buffalo Cloud Consulting to convene white supremacy court to cleanse the school of white supremacy. Christine Moses, CEO of Buffalo Cloud Consulting, says:

"Healing from white supremacy culture is a lifelong process. It requires a willingness to sit with very uncomfortable truths."

Seriously, I received an email about what is happening at Eugene Waldorf School.

I wanted to bring you up to date with how the critical social justice theory movement has infiltrated the Eugene Waldorf School. I feel this is indicative of how things are developing in many AWSNA schools. The school has this group come in and work with the teachers and staff. A grant was provided to the school to do this sort of indoctrination.

Here is the website of the organization hired by the school to conduct these trainings:

https://www.buffalocloudconsulting.com/about-us

The school shares this in their newsletter:

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Last spring, EWS received a generous donation to assist our teachers and staff to continue our path and study of DEIB work for our school. Last Friday we participated in a workshop with Buffalo Cloud Consulting. The topics we spoke about together with facilitators, Christine Moses and Kura Myrrlin, included our capacity for vulnerability, brave spaces, and an invitation to participate in a life long trauma informed journey.

Teachers and staff are in the process of scheduling DEIB, trauma sensitive school and restorative practices workshops this school year.

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