The Human Ideal

Wise ones throughout history have given humanity a picture of the human ideal for us to strive toward. We are given examples of the perfect human such as religious saints, or Jesus in the Gospels or Ayn Rand's heroic individualist.

Rudolf Steiner presents to the world a new Human Ideal, the Ethical Individualist. The Ethical Individualist stands at the highest point of human evolution as one who acts according to one's own highest ethical ideals.

“Ethical individualism, then, is the crown of the edifice that Darwin and Haeckel have erected for Natural Science. It is the theory of evolution applied to the moral life.” TPOF Chapter 12.8

The Ethical Individualist is reality-based and acts out of knowledge as a free thinker. He freely selects the ethical principle to apply to each life situation without regard for what others would do.


THE ETHICAL INDIVIDUALIST

presented in
RUDOLF STEINER'S
THE PHILOSOPHY OF FREEDOM


CHAPTER


FREE
THINKING 
The Knower


HUMAN 
BEING

elements of
cognition


FREE
MORALITY

The Doer


CHAPTER

1. Conscious Human Action


 I KNOW WHY
I ACT

Willing


I ACT
INDIVIDUALLY

14. The Individual
And The Genus

2. Why The Desire For
Knowledge Is Fundamental


I DESIRE
TRUTH

Feeling


I DESIRE
THE GOOD

13. The Value Of Life

3. Thought As The
Instrument Of Knowledge


I THINK
UNIVERSALLY

Thinking


I THINK
IMAGINATIVELY

12. Moral Imagination

4. The World As Percept


I GIVE MEANING
TO THE WORLD

Perception


I GIVE PURPOSE
TO MY LIFE

11. World Purpose And Life Purpose

5. Our Knowledge Of The World


I KNOW THE
WORLD

Conception


I ACT
ETHICALLY

10. Monism And The Philosophy Of Freedom

6. Human Individuality


MY IDEAS ARE
REALITY-BASED

Idea


MY IDEALS ARE
REALIZED IN ACTION

9. The Idea Of Freedom

7. Are There Any Limits To Knowledge?

 
THE WORLD IS
A WHOLE

Cognition

 
I AM
A WHOLE

8. The Factors Of Life

How can we get along?  HARMONY OF INTENTIONS A moral misunderstanding, a clash of aims, is impossible between those who are free.

© Tom Last 2017