A Synergy of Individuals

About: lecture: brotherhood and the fight for survival

     I wondered this morning what it would be like if instead of one segment of the community no longer robbing other segments for economic advantage & political favors - something else evolved.  Is this a good way to go for humanity?  In a way I was thinking of modern unions & in another the Threefold Commonwealth.  I thought back to the days of the masons (freemasons) & guilds of old. I discovered in a 1905 lecture of Rudolph Steiner : Brotherhood and the Fight for Survival one of the best descriptions of my motto "A Synergy of Individuals".

There are a lot of descriptions of the early concept of guilds. Read the entire work & see if it resembles what we see in modern times. Especially the parts which lend themselves toward peace & the avoidance of war.  Could we bring back the good parts & help in the fight for survival? The last few pages point in the most interesting direction. If I were to quote points which apply to current problems I would have to quote most of the lecture.

RS Elib: ... The wonderful tool of thought, the brain, also consists of millions of fine cells, but each one acts in its place in a harmonious way. What causes the cooperation of these small cells? " that a higher being expresses itself through those tiny living beings. It is the human soul that causes this effect, but this soul could never act here on earth if these millions of small beings would not have given up their selfhood to serve a large common being which we call the soul. The soul sees with the cells of the eye, thinks with the cells of the brain, lives in the cells of the blood; here we see what community signifies. Union " community " means that a higher being presses itself through the unified members. It is a universal principle of life; five people, who are together, who think and feel harmoniously together in common, are more than one plus one plus one plus one plus one. They are the sum of five as little as our body is the sum of our five senses. The living together, the in-each-other-living of human beings, means something similar as the living in each other of the cells of the human body. A new higher being is among these five " even among two or three; “Where two or three are gathered together in my name there I am among them.” It is not the one or the other or the third, but something entirely new that comes into appearance through the unification, but it only comes about if the individual lives in the other one " if the single one obtains his powers not only from himself but also out of the others. It can only happen if each of us lives selflessly in the others.
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There are a lot of descriptions of the early concept of guilds.  Read the entire work & see if it resembles what we see in modern trade unions.  Could we bring back the good parts & help in the fight for survival? The last few pages point in the most interesting direction. If I were to quote points which apply to current problems I would have to quote most of the lecture. This one is guaranteed to piss off both the right & left, but each side can find something to dissolve into community which works for all.

... what, if any, lightbulbs go off in the consciousnesses of your being?

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  2. steiner
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  4. guilds
  5. threefoldness

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Mark de LA says
M 2012-06-10 14:09:03 16045
M 2012-06-10 11:40:08 16045
Jim Stewart 2012-06-10 11:30:08 16045
In a somewhat more esoteric wording, this lecture approaches the subject in a slightly different way: http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/SecSoc_index.html
Thanks, I'll get into it.  I was wondering about the lecures on peace in the beginning of the brotherhood lecture.

Facinating prediction from your lecture Jim:
source: ... In the seventh epoch of civilisation, this War of All against All will break out in the most terrible form. Great and mighty forces will be let loose by the discoveries, turning the whole earth-globe into a kind of [self-functioning] live electric mass. In a way that cannot be discussed, the tiny handful will be protected and preserved.
... no hint of the Internet there, eh? Luckily we are still in the 5th epoch.



The last paragraph of this one is the kicker & bodes of things rather dark.  It is rather better, imho, to focus upon ways to transform society in the direction of threefold commonwealth so that economics & politics have a wonderful degree of separation.

Mark de LA says
M 2012-08-14 00:06:39 16045
I have written a lot about threefoldness etc. here: s threefold
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On facebook John Ayers posted a link to this explanation which is crisp enough to link to here
http://bit.ly/Qx2wFF . There is a suggestion by the author that maybe something radical will be needed to shake things up. Graham H. Jackson does a nice job of explaining what's wrong today in the context of Rudolf Steiner's threefold society. I like the current context as a viewpoint to look at the Threefold Commonwealth - something I have been struggling with for quite a while.

Let's tease out some more of the principles and take action enough so that a war does not have to break out  for people to notice something needs to change radically in society.


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