Monday, November 28

Steiner on Woman

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was the head of the German Theosophical Society from 1902 until 1912, at which time he broke away and formed his Anthroposophical Society. He may have abandoned the "divine" (theo-) wisdom for the "human" (anthro-) wisdom, hence Anthroposophy. Anyhows, I find it interesting that he stated below written words long before woman's emancipation movements got wind in their sails.
More than eight decades later, his statement might seem as a "fart", but imagine yoursel in the time of the turn of the last century. Would you have had the guts to have uttered those words? (from "Philosophy of Spiritual Activity).

"The social position of women is for the most part such an unworthy one because in so many respects it is determined not as it should be by the particular characteristics of the individual woman, but by the general picture one has of woman's natural tasks and needs. A man's activity in life is governed by his individual capacities and inclinations, whereas a woman's is supposed to be determined solely by the mere fact that she is a woman. She is supposed to be a slave to what is generic, to womanhood in general. As long as men continue to debate whether a woman is suited to this or that profession "according to her natural disposition," the so-called woman's question cannot advance beyond its most elementary stage. What a woman, within her natural limitations, wants to become had better be left to the woman herself to decide."

I write this now because I am teaching presently at a College that is inspired and enthused by Rudolf Steiner's works. Well, I teach the "visual arts", but believe me, a sound approach to be creative with students and children will be the path of the future. "The Brain" is not the center of the universe, and certainly not the center of a developing human mind.

Cheers, Lukas

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