Nationalism and Intellectualism

 

From: Tarjei Straume
Date: Thu Apr 8, 2004 10:08 am
Subject: Nationalism and Intellectualism

It's Easter. 84 years ago, in this very season Rudolf Steiner held an interesting lecture in Dornach 3rd April, 1920, entitled "The Blood-Relationship and the Christ-Relationship. (GA 198) It belongs to the collection: "Festivals and Their Meaning" - II Easter, and is available online at

http://wn.elib.com/Steiner/Lectures/Easter/19200403a01.html

Here is an appropriate excerpt:

Two of the most unchristian impulses of all are those which took effect in the 19th century. The first impulse which came to the fore and gained an ever stronger hold of men's minds and emotions, was that of nationalism. Here we see the shadow of the old blood-principle. The Christian impulse towards universal humanity was completely overshadowed by the principle of nationalism, because the new way to bring this element of universal humanity to its own had not been found. The anti-Christian impulse makes its appearance first and foremost in the form of nationalism. The old Luciferic principle of the blood comes to life once again in nation-consciousness. We see a revolt against Christianity in the nationalism of the 19th century, which reached its apex in Woodrow Wilson's phrase about the self-determination of nations, whereas the one and only reality befitting the present age would be to overcome nationalism, to eliminate it, and for men to be stirred by the impulse of the human universal.

The second phenomenon is that men seek to draw their knowledge of the world, not from awakened powers of soul, but from the material image of these powers only. Vision of the soul has faded, and in his physical being, man is only an image of the divine and spiritual. This image can bring forth intellectualism, but not knowledge of the spirit. A secret of which I have often spoken to you is that man can only recognise and know the spiritual by lifting himself to the spirit; the brain is merely the instrument for intellectual apprehension. Intellectualism and materialistic thinking are one and the same, for all the thinking that goes on in science, in theology, in the sphere of modern Christian consciousness ­ all of it is merely the product of the human brain, it is materialistic. This manifests itself, on the one side, in formalism of belief; on the other, in Bolshevism. Bolshevism owes its destructive power to the fact that it is a product of the brain pure and simple, of the material brain. I have often described how the material brain really represents a process of decay: materialistic thinking unfolds only through processes of destruction, death-processes, which are taking place in the brain. If this kind of thinking is applied, as it is in Leninism and Trotskyism, to the social order, a destructive process is set in motion inevitably, for such ideas about the social order issue from what is itself the foundation of destruction, namely, the Ahrimanic impulse. ­ That is the other side of the picture.

These two impulses, Nationalism, the Luciferic form of anti-Christianity, and that which culminated in the tenets of Lenin and Trotsky, the Ahrimanic form of anti-Christianity, have insinuated themselves into what ought to have been the Christian impulse of the 19th and 20th centuries. Nationalism and Leninism are the spades with which the grave of Christianity is being dug to-day. And wherever these principles, even in a mild form, become a cult, there the grave of Christianity is being prepared. Those who have insight can discern here a mood that is in the real sense the mood of Easter Saturday. Christianity lies in the grave and men place a stone over the grave. In truth, two stones have been laid over the grave of Christianity ­ the stones of Nationalism and of external forms of Bolshevism. It now behoves humanity to inaugurate the epoch of Easter Sunday, when the stone or the stones are rolled away. Christianity will not rise from the grave until men overcome nationalistic passions and false forms of socialism; until they learn how to find, out of themselves, the forces that can lead to an understanding of the Mystery of Golgotha.

Tarjei
http://uncletaz.com/

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From: holderlin66
Date: Thu Apr 8, 2004 11:42 am
Subject: Re: Nationalism and Intellectualism

Tarjei Straume wrote:

R.S.

The anti-Christian impulse makes its appearance first and foremost in the form of nationalism. The old Luciferic principle of the blood comes to life once again in nation-consciousness.

Bradford comments;

Let's see what the rational world says about our Luciferic and Ahrimanic thinking. Non-Anthro Interpretation.

"Communists somehow manage to even aquire superhuman abilities for spreading evil: "they acquire a strength and confidence which like the fearful evil they bring into being, can only be described as Luciferian."

http://www.lewrockwell.com/mcmaken/mcmaken98.html

"The Texan Noah Smithwick was more blunt when he declared that "I looked on the Mexicans as scarce more than apes." Yet, no one could have made the point better than one Santa Fe trader who remarked that Mexicans shouldn't even be considered as part of "humanity" but as a separate race to be known as "Mexicanity."

"The American State and its servants have always been quite happy to endorse such sentiments, and today we are forced to endure the same rationalizing, lying, and stereotyping about Iraqis in order to save yet another race of men from themselves and to grant them the blessing of American "liberty" at the point of a bayonet. The Mexicans, the Filipinos, the Vietnamese, the Haitians, the Panamanians, and numerous others have all been saved in a similar fashion by the kind hand of American military might

"Sadly, the modern conservative movement has been quite susceptible to this sort of wishful thinking about ready-made classifications for human beings that always seem - magically - to buttress government claims for increased power. The bogeyman these days of course is "Islamo-Fascism." Yet, if we were to take some old books about "the international Communist conspiracy" and replace "Communist" with "Islamo-Fascist" while updating some names and dates here and there, we would fine ourselves with a fine variety of timely new books on current events.

"Much like Smithwick's Mexicans, the Communists of the Cold War era, as understood by American conservatives like Frank Meyer, were uniquely depraved, barely worthy of the title human. "Against this vision of… Communist man, there is no recourse in compromise, reasonableness, peaceful co-existence… Communist man poses two stark alternative for us: victory or defeat." Worse yet, Communists somehow manage to even aquire superhuman abilities for spreading evil: "they acquire a strength and confidence which like the fearful evil they bring into being, can only be described as Luciferian." Unlike the dissolute Mexicans, the Communists are too disciplined, too committed to an all consuming moral cause to be dismissed as apes, yet the point of the exercise remains to illustrate that the Communists are indeed inhuman in some way and thus unresponsive to the human desires of the rest of us.

"Meyer's superhuman Communists care not for the basic human comforts of home, family, or personal desires. They are consumed by devotion to their ideology. Like the Mexicans before them or the Muslims of today, the great foreign menace of Meyer's day were simply not human. With such people there is not hope of peaceful coexistence. The choice is victory or death. Or at least, that is what the promoters of empire would have us believe. Indeed, it is no surprise that the ideological descendants of Meyer and Chambers, the neoconservatives, are at the front of the charge to convince the world that the Muslims of the world are indeed vicious beasts, and that no peace is possible without total domination of the Islamic world. It's victory or death all over again. Only the names and dates have changed.

"In case there was any doubt that such adolescent story-telling was not doing its job of addling the minds of Americans everywhere, the recent butchery in Fallujah has brought out some of the most disturbing arguments against the humanity of Iraqis seen yet in this war without end.

"Kathleen Parker of townhall.com certainly has driven the point home with her recent article in which she refers to the people of Fallujah as "zoo animals" and jokes about nuking the Sunni triangle. It might be funny if it weren't so clear that Parker honestly believes that all the men, women, and children of Fallujah deserve to pay for the crimes of a few. Most (unintentionally) ironic of all was Parker's use of the phrase "These are the times that try Americans' souls." This phrase comes from the pen of Thomas Paine, the libertarian British-American revolutionary who originally penned it as "These are the times that try men's souls." Unlike our latter-day British imperialist wannabes, Paine believed that all men were deserving of self-determination, and no empire, no matter how well intentioned, as the British undoubtedly thought they were, had the right to take that away."

R.S.

We see a revolt against Christianity in the nationalism of the 19th century, which reached its apex in Woodrow Wilson's phrase about the self-determination of nations

These two impulses, Nationalism, the Luciferic form of anti-Christianity, and that which culminated in the tenets of Lenin and Trotsky, the Ahrimanic form of anti-Christianity, have insinuated themselves into what ought to have been the Christian impulse of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Bradford concludes:

There were Initiation insights into the Fall, that were no longer mythic or merely Biblical. The infection of our astral bodies with concepts that color and cloud the complex evolution of Mankind and in a Luciferic infection, bind people to certain fallen astral factors were illuminated with clarity. There were vaster issues of Initation Science that had entered under Hitler and specific destinies from Greece, Rome and the historical unfolding of what is now known as a common Cult of Personality (People Magazine-Stars) had arisen around the time of the Initation of Nero.

That is why Christ came at a specific point in history, where Personality could bind itself to lower or higher astral beings. Historically Personality and the Cult of Personality was also when the Personality of Jesus was infused with a God and Nero wanted Initation but only gained lower Luciferic infection of his Astral body. Things like this, I don't expect you to understand, but they expanded my horizons and startled me. Things you need to have startle you, so that you actually get a thinking education and not merely a dialectical education.

Thanks Tarjei:

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