temptation

Dr. Steiner: … We need to see to it that we find some way to get some money. A number of things are in progress, but they are not going very quickly. We have something very promising in Dornach, a shaving soap and the hair tonic, “Temptation,” but we can’t get that going quickly enough.[13] We cannot invent things fast enough to have a gymnasium, a eurythmy room, and a music room in the fall. Before we have that, all the baldies would have to grow hair.

A teacher: At the risk of my wife not recognizing me, I want to try it.

Dr. Steiner: Our eurythmy ladies have already decided to try the hair tonic so that their mustaches grow. Then they will shave them off with the shaving soap. The thousand-mark bills will grow on peoples’ heads.

[13] The German word is Verlockung, which means “enticement,” “temptation,” allure,” or “seduction,” but its root word is lock, or “hair.” The message was that this hair tonic would “tempt your hair to grow” (back, we presume). — TRANS.

Steiner, R. Faculty Meetings With Rudolf Steiner, vol 1, p 131.

9 thoughts on “temptation

  1. Oh, I see what you mean. But Andy lewis wants to look like Simon Singh, so they can make money out of their singing career. I don’t think this should be encouraged at all.

  2. You figure Simon Singh has the looks for a singing career? Isn’t he too geeky? I’m not very sure hair is the issue. But these days, who knows.

  3. Perhaps a musical version of Trick or Treatment. The texts are already there. Only music needs to be added. Ernst on drums and Singh singing. Cool!

  4. I thought that the whole idea was a joke of Steiner’s, from start to finish, but:

    Bei seinen ausgedehnten Reisen durch ganz Europa hat Steiner weit über Vorträge gehalten, eine wahre Lawine des Wissens ging über seinen Zuhörern nieder. Für sie wird Steiner zum pragmatischen Lehrmeister, der keinerlei Berührungsängste hat – bis hin zum Design für Haarwuchsmittel. Walter Kugler, Leiter des Rudolf Steiner Archivs in Dornach.

    “Und dann: Steiner war ja Realist, ja nur mit Arzneimitteln können wir eigentlich nicht so viel Geld verdienen, das ausreicht, um da das Geistesleben zu finanzieren, sondern es ist gut auch noch Kosmetika zu haben. Und dann hat er selber sogar die Werbung gemacht, für ein Haarwuchsmittel, die ‘Verlockung’, hat so nen Kopf gemalt mit Glatze, und dann mit Locken, und hat darunter geschrieben ‘Die Verlockung’.”

    I didn’t believe my ears when I heard him mention the Temptation potion. But there it was.

    http://www.dradio.de/dlf/sendungen/langenacht/1503547/

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