Executions, Bjørneboe, Orwell, Steiner, Tucker

 

From: Tarjei Straume
Date: Thu Apr 29, 2004 12:20 pm
Subject: Executions, Bjørneboe, Orwell, Steiner, Tucker

I believe it's healthy for us to stimulate our moral imagination a little bit by focusing on the most sinister aspects of Western civilization and politics.

I am reminded of Jens Bjørneboe (1920-1976) - http://home.att.net/~emurer/ - the original anarchosophist (legendary anthroposophist, author, Waldorf teacher, poet, social critic, pornographer, alcoholic) - the fiercest of social critics who stood up for the junkies, the prison inmates, the prostitutes, the outcasts, the outlaws, etc. Throughout his licentious and self-destructive life, Bjørneboe applied his sweet venom and his hilarious sarcasm against the police, the prison wardens, the smugness and hypocrisy of the bourgeosie. He depicted the poet and the prison warden as diametrically opposite types of human beings. His main theme was man's inhumanity to man, not in distant corners of the world, but right here at home, in Norway, in our police stations, our back alleys, our prisons, our mental hospitals, our schools, in the military, etc.

Ordinary, well-adjusted anthroposophists, i.e. bourgeois, middle and upper class staid etheric dreamers, couldn't understand why Bjørneboe bothered to take an active interest in such topics, about human rights for the "untouchables" of society. And yet today, there isn't a Waldorf school in Norway that doesn't have books by Bjørneboe on the shelves in the teachers' room. In no way did Bjørneboe exemplify an esoteric path; on the contrary, he drank himself to insanity and committed suicide, destroyed by the very demons he had been busy exposing. (He is not the first among highly gifted authors to go down this way; just think of Jack London and Ernest Hemingway for starters.)

Some people have the impression that I am very familiar with Bjørneboe's works and have read all of it, but nothing could be farther from the truth. I haven't read any of his novels; only some of his essays and poetry. Our views and perspectives just happen to coincide on central points - something I discovered at an early age when I heard him interviewed on television. So although "anarchosophy" is a word I have coined myself, I can safely apply it to this man post mortem.

I once received a mail from a very spiritual anthroposophist who held the opinion that my website expresses too much anger, and that I ought to work on that. My immediate response was that it's not anger, but holy wrath. I've given his objection a great deal of thought, however, and my present study is devoted to a lecture of Rudolf Steiner from October 21, 1909 in a Danish translation with the title "Vredens mission", i.e. 'The Mission of Wrath' (from the cycle "Metamorphosen des Seelenlebens", no GA given). In this lecture, Steiner speaks about the "noble wrath" against the ignoble, the unjust, the foolish, and the immoral that meets us from the external world. He speaks about how this noble wrath educates us, how it lifts us beyond ourselves and our selfishness. If we are not affected by such wrath, we succumb to selfish indifference.

Visualize a man on death row saying goodbye to his family while those kind and compassionate doctors and nurses give him his medication so he can have his cute little nap. Lethal injections are so clinical and clean , aren't they - such a bloodless, undramatic, civilized alternative to the guillotine, the firing squad, and the gallows. (Wouldn't it have been better with the dignity of a lethal cocktail, like they gave to Socrates?)

Here is a report from 1931, written by another voice for the underdog: George Orwell. He wrote a lot of essays about the time when he was an imperial police officer in Burma, and one of them bears the title, "A Hanging":

http://www.k-1.com/Orwell/index.cgi/work/essays/hanging.html

Here is an appropriate excerpt, another "Dead Man Walking":

It was about forty yards to the gallows. I watched the bare brown back of the prisoner marching in front of me. He walked clumsily with his bound arms, but quite steadily, with that bobbing gait of the Indian who never straightens his knees. At each step his muscles slid neatly into place, the lock of hair on his scalp danced up and down, his feet printed themselves on the wet gravel. And once, in spite of the men who gripped him by each shoulder, he stepped slightly aside to avoid a puddle on the path.

It is curious, but till that moment I had never realized what it means to destroy a healthy, conscious man. When I saw the prisoner step aside to avoid the puddle, I saw the mystery, the unspeakable wrongness, of cutting a life short when it is in full tide. This man was not dying, he was alive just as we were alive. All the organs of his body were working - bowels digesting food, skin renewing itself, nails growing, tissues forming - all toiling away in solemn foolery. His nails would still be growing when he stood on the drop, when he was falling through the air with a tenth of a second to live. His eyes saw the yellow gravel and the grey walls, and his brain still remembered, foresaw, reasoned - reasoned even about puddles. He and we were a party of men walking together, seeing, hearing, feeling, understanding the same world; and in two minutes, with a sudden snap, one of us would be gone - one mind less, one world less.

Nothing is worse, in my opinion, than listening to anthroposophist who speak about karma and death row convicts getting what they've got coming and so on. It's so incompassionate, so out of synch with the Christ, and with the spirit of Rudolf Steiner, about whose eyes

F.W. Zeylmans van Emmichoven said the following - http://www.uncletaz.com/zeylman.html

The eyes recede deeply under the shadow of the heavy brows. One might say that these eyes are dark brown, but that would tell very little of their true nature. How can we describe them? Sometimes they appear unfathomable. One looks into them as into an abyss, standing dazzled at the brink. At other times it is a depth like a dark night, when no stars are visible, yet their presence is felt. But most of the time the eyes are radient with a warm light. A golden glow lives in their dark brown color. An infinite goodness speaks out of them: A love for all creatures.

A love for ALL creatures, including murderers.

Rudolf Steiner warns against the danger of egoism among anthroposophists/theosophists in

"Love and its Meaning in the World":

http://www.uncletaz.com/lovemeaning.html

"The effect of Spiritual Science may be an extension of egoism beyond the bounds of this present life, and therein lies danger. Thus if wrongly understood, Spiritual Science may act as a tempter - this lies in its very nature."

"Lack of interest in the world is egoism in its grossest form. Interest in all existence is man's bounden duty. Let us therefore long for and love the sun with its creative power, its love for the well-being of the earth and the souls of men!"

"Let us imagine that there is a man who knows nothing of the name of Jesus Christ, nothing of what is communicated in the Gospels, but that he understands the radical difference between the nature of wisdom and might and that of love. Such a man, even though he knows nothing of the Mystery of Golgotha, is a Christian in the truest sense. A man who knows that love is there for the paying of debts and brings no profit for the future, is a true Christian. To understand the nature of love - that is to be a Christian! Theosophy alone, Spiritual Science alone, with its teachings of karma and reincarnation, can make us into great egoists unless the impulse of love, the Christ Impulse, is added; only so can we acquire the power to overcome the egoism that may be generated by Spiritual Science. The balance is established by an understanding of the Christ Impulse. Spiritual Science is given to the world today because it is necessary for humanity, but in it lies the great danger that - if it is cultivated without the Christ Impulse, without the impulse of love - men will only increase their egoism, will actually breed egoism that lasts even beyond death. From this the conclusion must not be drawn that we should not cultivate Spiritual Science; rather we must learn to realize that understanding of the essential nature of love is an integral part of it."

This is why it is so important that anthroposophists don't reflect about an execution in a manner that accepts it, but in a manner that George Orwell did. Orwell was was an atheist, but some of his thoughts, and his uncomprimising honesty, put anthroposophists and other Christians to shame. In an intuitive moment, through the eyes of the artist, he discovered the very ugliness and immorality of the death penalty.

The radical difference RS points to, is between wisdom and might on the one hand, and love on the other. And what is more expressive of might than violence par excellance, performed by governments, by Caesar? Steiner has also pointed out somewhere that there is an irreconcilable emnity between "the kingdom within" that Christ represents, and the political factor represented by the Roman soldiers. An irreconcilable emnity!

We need to express ourselves about things that stir up our sense of morals, of justice. I'd like to close this post with a few magical words about justice by the eminent American anarchist Benjamin R. Tucker, who was hailed by Rudolf Steiner as "the greatest champion for freedom of all times", about trial by jury:

"What with the ignorance and servility of the average juror, the impudence and ignorance of the average judge, and the insolence and pernicious zeal of the government attorneys, the administration of justice is becoming a delusion and a snare."

"Well, it does seem a bit irrational, until we inquire what the purpose of statute law is, or ought to be. If the purpose of statute law is the attainment of a rigid, inflexible, stiff-backed, cast-iron justice, then perhaps the special jury system is an excellent method of achieving it. But I declare to you that no such justice is wanted in any civilized community. We want justice, not rigid, but elastic; we want justice, not stern, but tempered with mercy, sympathy, and common sense; we want justice, not blind, but with eyes sharp enough to detect causes, conditions, and circumstances; we want justice, not superficial, but profound."

(Quoted from Tucker's magazine "Liberty".)

Tarjei
http://uncletaz.com/

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From: holderlin66
Date: Mon May 3, 2004 6:35 pm
Subject: Re: Executions, Bjørneboe, Orwell, Steiner, Tucker

Tarjei Straume wrote:

Nothing is worse, in my opinion, than listening to anthroposophist who speak about karma and death row convicts getting what they've got coming and so on. It's so incompassionate, so out of synch with the Christ, and with the spirit of Rudolf Steiner, about whose eyes

F.W. Zeylmans van Emmichoven said the following - http://www.uncletaz.com/zeylman.html

A man who knows that love is there for the paying of debts and brings no profit for the future, is a true Christian. To understand the nature of love - that is to be a Christian! Theosophy alone, Spiritual Science alone, with its teachings of karma and reincarnation, can make us into great egoists unless the impulse of love, the Christ Impulse, is added; only so can we acquire the power to overcome the egoism that may be generated by Spiritual Science.

This is why it is so important that anthroposophists don't reflect about an execution in a manner that accepts it, but in a manner that George Orwell did. Orwell was was an atheist, but some of his thoughts, and his uncomprimising honesty, put anthroposophists and other Christians to shame.

In an intuitive moment, through the eyes of the artist, he discovered the very ugliness and immorality of the death penalty.

We need to express ourselves about things that stir up our sense of morals, of justice. I'd like to close this post with a few magical words about justice by the eminent American anarchist Benjamin R. Tucker, who was hailed by Rudolf Steiner as "the greatest champion for freedom of all

Bradford adds to Tarjei's wonderful Post:

THE CARAPACE or THE MAKING OF A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW HELL

When we execute a sinister and psychologically deranged criminal as portrayed in Silence of the Lambs, (of which more and more are coming) something far worse can be generated, because the psychic and intellectual cohesion of the personality does not dissolve with mere execution.

In the case of John Wayne Gacy, a mass murderer from Chicago who killed nearly 34 people, a strange and foolish blunder was made in the timing of his execution. In May of 1994 at midnight John Wayne Gacy was sent through the gate of death by lethal injection. The actual passage and expulsion of his soul from a confined body in a Chicago prison cell to the release and expansion of the subconscious contents of his criminal psychology was timed to a total Eclipse of the Sun. It would be interesting to note the trajectory and path of the effective eclipse across north America at that time.

By examining such details and measuring our statistics on criminal surges over the next 21 years something could be observed. In any case, observing it or not, the dumping of the toxic waste of John Wayne Gacy into the cosmic field of a Solar eclipse merely sends the toxic waste back, into the psychic structure of seething seeds of potential, already latent in the subconscious of living personalities here on earth.

Unhatched intentions and incubating psychic diseases are far less lethal when the life force, life sentence, has not terminated the criminal. If the life forces, biographically and biologically are left over, if the criminal or psychopath has not died of old age, in solitary confinement, but is killed with life force still unused, the remainder goes to feed incubating psychic disease fields in others. If the life forces are still there, then the psychically charged, disturbed field seeks another or other hosts. Loki is gathering all these dynamic forces that make a new heaven and a new hell, as well as the meaning implied on the opposite spectrum of a new heaven and a new earth. We have to decide what new heaven and what new hell we would rather have. These are some of the decisions worth thinking about, when we are faced with Christ or Ahriman.

By using the spring board of a Solar eclipse, the moon re-ignites these unused immoral astral intentions and re-injects them back into souls on earth who carry an attraction to similar deeds in their already disturbed psychological structures. Parasitical astral forces quantum leap up to legion in no time at all. The ugly and diseased psychology does not disperse when life force is still running, rather, it rains down into already infested psychological pockets that are latent in living people. A multiplication of psychic criminal inspiration is projected and diffused over a wide territorial field. The math and physics of the soul here is called Legion, in biblical terms, the swine used by Christ to absorb the deadly psychic toxins were pigs.

If we expel and dislodge the demonic forces, as in the example of Christ and the madmen, the force and dynamic does not angle out away from the earth, on the contrary, it fuses and leaps back into the most receptive field. Using the moon to project it back into the psyche is horribly dangerous form of enhancement. When Christ used the swine, they buffered the damage of evil and could assist in absorption of the negative psychic forces. These demonic infestations appear as viral fields in human epidemiology as well as tendencies toward dark pathologies. Here lies an amazing clue that could be used medically.

In a TIME magazine cover story of September 12, 1994, titled REVENGE OF THE KILLER MICROBES, swine were depicted as an integral part of human diseases. "Perhaps the most ominous prospect of all is a virulent strain of influenza. Even garden-variety flu can be deadly to the very old, the very young and those with weak immune systems. But every so often, a highly lethal strain emerges-usually from domesticated swine in Asia."

We have not progressed far enough to allow us to vacuum clean the incubating psychic illnesses in individual criminals and guide them into a heavy and neutral medium like that of the swine in the biblical story. It is wiser for us to consider not killing the psychotic infestations that have leached themselves onto the bodily/psychic structure of our various killers. It is better that they serve life sentences and have their life force dry up, so that what they carry may not prematurely find new hosts that are readily available in our already sickened society. It might even be suggested by means of sympathetic transfer, to inject the blood of these criminals into selected herds of swine. These of course would not be used for human consummation.

The maladjusted disturbances from the murders, wars, ethnic cleansing and unacknowledged spiritual agony that has left its fatal mark in our psychic atmosphere, has a precedent. The initiate Algernon Blackwood has something to add to this picture.

"You do not quite gather what I am driving at; and it is not to be expected that you should, for you, I suppose, are the nominal Christian with the nominal Christian's lofty standard of ethics, and his utter ignorance of spiritual possibilities. Beyond a somewhat childish understanding of `spiritual wickedness in high places,' you probably have no conception of what is possible once you break down the slender gulf that is mercifully fixed between you and that Outer World. But my studies and training have taken me far outside these orthodox trips, and I have made experiments that I could scarcely speak to you about in language that would be intelligible to you... I cannot explain to you in a few minutes the nature of such things, for you have not made the studies that would enable you to follow me; but I have reason to believe that on the dissolution at death of a human being, its forces may still persist and continue to act in a blind, unconscious fashion. As a rule they speedily dissipate themselves, but in the case of a very powerful personality they may last a long time... And, in some cases...these forces may coalesce with certain non-human entities who thus continue their life indefinitely and increase their strength to an unbelievable degree. If the original personality was evil, the beings attracted to the left-over forces will also be evil... thought is dynamic, and that it may call into existence forms and pictures that may well exist for hundreds of years. For, not far removed from the region of our human life, is another region where floats the waste and drift of all the centuries, the limbo of the shells of the dead; a densely populated region crammed with horror and abomination of all descriptions, and sometimes galvanized into active life again by the will of a trained manipulator..."

Medicine and the Justice system have failed to understand the eclipse factor in the moon, nor the full neutral alignment of swine biology with human biology. Medicine may view swine as incubators of viral factors but they do not link viral factors to borderland entities that might gain force from a polluted psyche like that of John Wayne Gacy.

Humanity seems not yet mature enough to consider the escalating viral fields and their relation to swine as gateways, doorways or neutralizers. Swine are themselves poison absorbers that closely resemble the structure of human beings. Blood plasma is still made from swine because of the human affinity. The Hebrews abhorred eating swine because they knew that they absorbed these intense parasitical and viral forces into their systems.

There certainly is a way through injection, not lethal injection of the psychopath, but injection into animals like swine that would re- direct the parasitical astral beings into something we can control. Contained by something that demons cannot feed off of, that is, an active human psyche with immortal potential for damage.

"When he came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were possessed by demons came out of the tombs and stood in his way. They were exceedingly dangerous, so that no one could pass along that road. And see, they called out loudly: `What is this power between us and you, Son of God? Have you come here to discipline us before the time is fulfilled?' Far from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. And the demons begged him `If you cast us out, send us into the herd of pigs.' And he said to them: `Depart.' And they fled and went into the pigs. And see, the whole herd rushed down the steep incline into the sea and perished in the waters."

St. Matthew 8: 28-33

What has been imprinted into the psychological structure of the personality dissolves after death or is condensed. To execute a concentrated psychological killer is to spawn forces into the subconscious of ten thousand potential serial killers, who, because of their affinity of disposition, attract and feed off the diseased remains in the psychic field.

Adolf Hitler was gassed in world war I and suffered near fatal illness from the trenches and their unsanitary conditions. What incubated in Hitler later went unobserved and hidden for years. His example was a viral, biological warfare hazard. We have ten thousand of them coming up on us every day, including the Gulf War Syndrome victims.

When we speak of execution and the death penalty, we must be very clear what this means. Executing and thereby releasing, through their deaths, super-charged viral forces that go rushing towards the putrid immune systems and weak psychic structures of individuals, amounts to sinister sub-entity invasive virology. This is the reason why the death penalty has inherent and ghastly dangers in it. Loki and Ahriman thrive off this disturbing population and with our laser disc technology we have managed to provide mass produced island homes for them. Devachan forces are eroding while we slowly suck down the light which belongs to a much greater mystery. Hell can truly be sucked down onto Earth and earth can be sucked clean out from under humanity.

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From: heather
Date: Mon May 3, 2004 7:22 pm
Subject: Re: Executions, Bjørneboe, Orwell, Steiner, Tucker

--- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, holderlin66 wrote:

Hell can truly be sucked down onto Earth and earth can be sucked clean out from under humanity.

Oh Bradford,

how your writings rattle my guts (and I'm lovin' every minute of it!!) And to think, I almost had pork tonight for supper!

thank you,
Heather

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