Nature and Our Ideals

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source: by Marie Eugenie delle Grazie

Nature

With iron bonds Nature, your procreator
Holds and chains you fast to dust and decay.
Nature, the luring monster, smiling, sun golden,
one moment spurning you on to furious joy of being,
but soon bearing horror and want,
whipping you with the switch of misery,
always destroying and also cryptic,
always Medusa and Sphinx in one.

Through your pulse races and chases in feverish beat
her merciless law,
the eternal law of destruction.
She gave you the will and the force to destroy yourself,
" but to save yourself " this you can never, ever do!

We are all pulling her triumphal chariot "
panting, drenched with sweat and yet in bliss:
because Hope and happiness and every kind of delusion
are swinging as mirages in front of us,
created for us, to mock us:
and we, the army of slaves, poisoned by longing,
call them Ideals "

Thus we storm ahead in languishing haste and mad pursuit
until treacherously, strength abandons us.
The Life Breath dwindles, and farther away than ever
Our goal hovers on gilded clouds,
until helpless and panting, we break down "
Then she cheers demonically! Then she calls out
her cruel “Evoe!” and reins
the brazen spokes of her Biga on,
crushing thousands of victims ...

... Rudolph Steiner's  letter (see about link) in response to her poem is what this item is about.  This was also discussed on Mark's facebook wall after Nathan found it and said he was aligned with it also.

In his letter Steiner characterizes "the discord of nature and spirit".  He asks "Are not our ideals, -- if they are truly living entities (individualities) -- beings existing in themselves, independent of the favors and disfavors of nature?".

 Me, i choose no attitude of "discord" between nature and spirit.  For me, "existing indedendent of the favors and disfavors of nature" is impossible ... rather i glory in loving and accepting my perdicament. 



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  1. nature
  2. spirit
  3. rudolf steiner
  4. rs

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