canineosophy vs anthroposophy — round III

dog meets insects, goes mad, contagiously mad

It happened that a young cow-herd had taken a large number of cows out to graze, and the pasture was full of wasp nests. The cow-herd’s dog ran about; suddenly the cow-herd’s dog goes mad, rushes round like a mad dog, and no one knows what has happened. As fast into it can the dog rushes to a neighbouring stream, flings itself into the water, and shakes and shakes itself. The lad was much disturbed by this, and goes to the rescue of the dog. He does not jump into the water, but tries to help it from the bank. Most unluckily he steps on a nest, as the dog had probably done before, and the wasps sting him too, and he begins to rush about like a madman, and finally jumps into the water. And now, because the dog has vanished, and the cow-herd has vanished, confusion arises in the herd of cows. The cows which tread on nests also get stung, and behave as though mad. Finally, most of the herd are in the stream also — as if they were all mad.

Steiner, R. Nine Lectures on Bees, VIII.

The question is, was it really wasps or was it anthroposophic bees? Bees and confusion go hand in hand. Bees, flies, wasps — perhaps no big difference. Since Steiner is no canineosophist he neglects to mention cats. Cats could certainly drive any dog mad, just like a bee can drive any human mad. Clearly, the quote above indicates the shortcomings of anthroposophy — not enough attention is paid to the problem of cats. Not that bees, wasps and flies aren’t somewhat obnoxious, but a whole lecture cycle on bees — instead of on cats — highlights this startling lack of proper perspective.