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AW: Bruce's reading glasses  Bruce Jackson
 May 22, 2007 13:24 PDT 

Hi folks!

Weh ad a long weekend here in Germany and I got back online to find 135
posts (mostly from WCs) and a message from Dan saying we're moving YAHOO!!

I do frequently lose my reading glasses... <G>

I accept without reservation that this is one of Steiner's remarks which
needs a great deal of digesting! He had dark hair, by the way - has anyone
any idea what colour his eyes were?

I won't tell you what my hair and eye colours are!!


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Von: pst-@hotmail.com [mailto:pst-@hotmail.com]
Gesendet: Sonntag, 20. Mai 2007 09:09
An: waldorf--@topica.com
Betreff: Bruce's reading glasses

Hello all,

my hotmail messages haven't been going through for several days so I'm
trying from the topica site. I originally sent the message below on May
15. It may be pointless now, since Bruce seems to have wandered off to
commune with the German folk spirit, but I'll try sending it again.

Bruce wrote a little while ago:

 I'm not trying that brown-eyed
individuals are "different" intellectually, say, to blue-eyed ones

And I asked:

 So you disagree with Steiner on that score?

To which Bruce, still looking around for his reading glasses, now

 Do I?

That's up to you, Bruce. Here's what Steiner had to say on the matter:

"In time, however, blondness will disappear because the human race is
becoming weaker. In the end, only brown- and black-haired people will be
able to survive if nothing is done to keep them from being bound to
matter. The stronger the body's forces, the weaker the soul's. When fair
people become extinct, the human race will face the danger of becoming
dense if a spiritual science like Anthroposophy is not accepted.
Anthroposophy does not have to take the body into consideration but can
bring forth intelligence from spiritual investigation itself. You see,
when we really study science and history, we must conclude that if
people become increasingly strong, they will also become increasingly
stupid. If the blonds and blue-eyed people die out, the human race will
become increasingly dense if men do not arrive at a form of intelligence
that is independent of blondness. Blond hair actually bestows
intelligence. In the case of fair people, less nourishment is driven
into the eyes and hair; it remains instead in the brain and endows it
with intelligence. Brown- and dark-haired people drive the substances
into their eyes and hair that the fair people retain in their brains.
They then become materialistic and observe only what can immediately be
seen. Spiritual science must compensate for this; we must have a
spiritual science to the same degree that humanity loses its
intelligence along with its fair people."

(Rudolf Steiner, Health and Illness, 85-6)

For some background on the notion of hair color and eye color as
significant racial traits, see chapter six in Andrew Zimmerman,
Anthropology and Antihumanism in Imperial Germany (Chicago 2001).

Peter S.

You can ask any question about Waldorf you like here, no matter how basic.
New threads are always welcome.
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