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Let's return, briefly, to the original, miscellaneous format for Steiner Static. And let's start with a replay. It is hard to believe that Steiner said many of the things that he said. It is especially hard to believe that he considered some people subhuman, and made no bones about it. Yet he did:
47) [Subhumans] “[I]n our time certain supernumerary [excess, unneeded] people are appearing who have no 'I' [spiritual ego] and are therefore not human beings in the full sense of the word.” — Rudolf Steiner, THE BOOK OF REVELATION AND THE WORK OF THE PRIEST (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1998), p. 180.
Note that Steiner made this very charitable remark when discussing his concept of religion. In the same discussion, he added:
61a) [Subhumans, cont.] “[P]eople who have healthy souls suffer as a consequence of those who go about as human locusts.” — Rudolf Steiner, THE BOOK OF REVELATION AND THE WORK OF THE PRIEST (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1998), p. 181.
Elsewhere, he said the following about the benighted modern people (who, he said, are not really "human people"):
61b) [Subhumans, cont.] “When we today — permeated even a little with anthroposophical consciousness — take a walk in the streets, we no longer see human people; rather we see moles that move about in the smallest of circles....” — Rudolf Steiner, EDUCATION FOR ADOLESCENTS (Anthroposophic Press, 1996), p. 92.
61c) [Subhumans, cont.] Walking the streets, Steiner did not see "human people." But he taught that subhumans should be treated kindly, since they may not all be irremediably evil. Some “might be retarded souls who have come back from another planet to which almost the whole of humanity once went....” — Rudolf Steiner, THE BOOK OF REVELATION (Rudolf Steiner Press, 2008), p. 182.
"Supernumerary people ... Human locusts ... Moles ... Retarded souls." But enough of that. I feel an obligation to inform parents: If you send a child to a Steiner school, you should understand what Rudolf Steiner taught. Some of his teachings are quite awful. But of course some are less objectionable, at least on moral grounds. So let's push on:
62) [They’re Alive!] Our thoughts create spiritual beings who live, for real, in the spirit realm — or so Steiner said. Consider the plays of Shakespeare, for instance. Shakespeare's thoughts and writings created real beings who live on, up above. And we can create more such beings if we stage Shakespeare's plays properly. (Bear in mind, Steiner meant all of this quite literally.) “When you make Shakespearean characters living [i.e., “bring them to life”]...you can raise them into the supersensible world where they remain living. Of course, they do not do in the higher worlds what they do on the physical plane, but they remain alive, nevertheless, and they act there.” — Rudolf Steiner, FACULTY MEETINGS WITH RUDOLF STEINER (Anthroposophic Press, 1998), p. 336. Let’s hope Caliban behaves himself.
63) [Pachyderm Peculiarity] “When death approaches — this is the peculiar thing with pachyderms — these animals feel this particularly strongly ... Their instinct then makes them go into caves. People tend not to look for them in those earth caves. If they were to look for them there they would find more dead elephants in the regions where elephants are. They are not found in the open.” — Rudolf Steiner, FROM ELEPHANTS TO EINSTEIN (Rudolf Steiner Press, 1998), pp. 4-5.
Steiner accepted the myth that elephants have special graveyards, and he added the nice twist that the graveyards are inside caves. But there's a good reason why people don't look for elephant bones inside caves. Can you guess what it is?
As for the whole idea of elephant graveyards, the benighted ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA, Online, says "Evidence does not substantiate the existence of so-called 'elephant graveyards,' where elephants supposedly gather to die." — "elephant." ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA, Online, 27 Jan. 2009. But what does the BRITANNICA know? Very possibly staffed by human locusts, that institution wouldn't recognize a living occult truth if it fell out of the sky onto their heads (i.e., out of the "supersensible world" where Caliban is romping around, or possibly out of Vulcan).
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[R. R., 2013.]