there are so many posts I want to write, but that I cannot write — sometimes because it is way to complicated and I don’t have the knowledge and perspective that would allow it, sometimes because it would harm others or put people at risk, and sometimes because issues are so complex that it would take more time and effort than I have at my disposal.
I just want to write a short reply to responses I’ve received to my previous blog post.
Maybe I am too mellow on anthroposophy. I think it is quite possible this is so. I have come to realize that what I previously regarded as exceptionally bad treatment in the case of myself was just the tip of an iceberg. I wasn’t hurt badly in comparison to others; my suffering was trivial. I am free to do this — I am free to complain and criticize and say whatever pleases me — anthroposophy isn’t holding be back. I know things are very different for people who grew up with anthroposophy or live in anthroposophical families. I am certainly not unaware that children still go to school — are forced to go to school — with fear, that children still receive a substandard education in waldorf, that patients are treated with medicines for which there is no valid evidence… and so forth. The waldorf movement is still insincere about its aims and its practices. Anthroposophists generally don’t want to acknowledge that they leave casualties — their unsuccessful projects, their hapless subjects — scattered along the ethereal highway like roadkill, who were blinded by the supposedly illuminated vehicle of spiritual progress and run over, left to oblivion by a movement that does not look in the rearview mirror and that does not consider the loss of subhumans — or non-humans, we demons in human form — a detriment to the higher cause. Discarded like garbage we are all asked to shut up, not place obstacles in the road that leads to higher worlds and the anthroposophical transformation of humanity. Because anthroposophists do so many good things, are so good-hearted, so genuinely intelligent, so mentally sound… unlike us.
But what do we make of that? What are we to do about that — we who are able to talk freely about anthroposophy, whether or not we have the knowledge we need to make any sense of all this? What can we do? In reality, we’re pretty deprived of good choices of action — either we cannot do anything, because we’re restricted by considerations for others or by our own lack of knowledge, or we are harassed into silence (although, on some of us, harassment won’t bite).
Perhaps there’s one thing that can be said though. It isn’t the tool in itself — in this case, anthroposophy — which is evil; evil arises because of the ways people utilize this tool. Anthroposophy may very well be a pretty successful enabler of evil. And it isn’t sacred and it cannot — it must not, ever — be exempted from criticism.
I want to recommend everybody to head over to the new addition on Ministry of Truth: Pseudoscience is not a valid educational choice. (Also posted at Liberal Conspiracy.) And don’t miss the comments to this article in London Evening Standard.