Intellectual Humility

About: lecture series: the eternal soul of man from the point of view of anthroposophy

source: ... Now in order to take such a point of view at all, something is necessary that I always call, in this context, intellectual humility. This intellectual humility, however, does not belong to present-day man. Indeed, present-day man says to himself: “Well, when I was a small child, I dreamed in a certain way within life. Then I left childhood, I had to do so, yes, and I came to parenting through becoming older, through life itself. I was then in my entire soul constitution a different person. Each intellectual point of view that I had won for myself I had not brought into the world, for I had first developed it within myself out of the dull, dreamy state of the child's consciousness.” This is indeed the man of today, but here he stops, and then he says: “Well, I have this point of view. What appears to me to be true from this point of view is true; what appears to me to be false from this point of view is false. Through this point of view that I once won for myself, I am the sovereign ruler over truth and falseness, error and accuracy.”
... Apparently there are other kinds of consciousness & ways of using the mind than just today's way of thinking.  One observes sleeping & dreaming, ordinary waking consciousness etc. If one can awake from a dream the next step can be awaking from ordinary waking consciousness yet again. See my 17106 trying such via PR contemplation. RS has another. LOA (via Facebook) seems to have brought this rather interesting lecture just about the time I started on 17106.  Needless to say I probably need some more of the titled Virtue.


  1. awaking
  2. intellectual humility


Mark de LA says
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i wanted to find what RS was referring to when he said, "such a point of view" in the first sentence, but alas that paragraph you quoted does not appear to be in the lecture you hyperlinked. 

Incidentally the way my mind changed from a baby's, then a teen's, then a adult's as i matured in my culture and society, does suggest to me the possibility of "winning" an ever widening world view and perhaps an ever better and better truth.   a great way to put it indeed!

i am still not sure how the term "intellectual humility" is being applied here, that seems to be off the page and i don't know where the page is.  but i expect RS would be suggesting that i should always have a attitude of intellectual humility towards the peculiar world view i hold at any time in my development ... which, imho, is good advise indeed.

of course, i too, always seem to be looking for that certain moment of enlightenment ... where the walls fall away and everything is clear as far as the mind can see.  RS described it many times as have others.  For me i not so sure it comes all of a sudden ... but rather in small gestalts and refinements ... and that is the way it feels like as it comes to the world at large.
It is in the beginning of the 9th paragraph of the about link. RS is, I believe, talking about the dream like mind of childhood versus the more rational mind of science & school. If you ever watched a little kid play with her toys & make up a story about what is going on you get the first mood.  He spoke of dreams earlier in the lecture. Intellectual humility would be a counter to the latter mood of mind.

ok, found it, i guess my page search didn't work where it should have.  in any case my comments above are consistent with what he said.   i think i express a similar "intellectual humility" when somebody asks me to consider something about God, and i tell them, "that would be above my pay grade" .
I suspect RS had a different context in mind, but maybe not.

Mark de LA says
Fascinating - in this lecture the only time I had ever heard the term before was in AC's stuff
RS: ... In the stage of knowledge that is gained in love, we remove the physical body of knowledge and we experience ourselves in the same elements where we will be with our eternal inner being when we pass through the gate of death into the spiritual world, from which we have descended into physical existence on earth. And so we experience immortality when we — forgive me when I use the term — first recognize the experience of unbornness.