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Bruce's reading glasses  Peter Staudenmaier
 May 22, 2007 13:56 PDT 




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 replies:


 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). Greetings,


Peter S.

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