reality, vulcan beings and spiderwebs

‘When the man of today thinks merely with his intellect and faculty of reason, his thoughts are not rooted in reality at all. More and more they move about in a shadowy existence which reached its climax during the nineteenth century. And today man is altogether devoid of the sense for reality.’

In this lecture on the future, Steiner also tells us that the moon will reunite with the earth (in the 8th millennium apparently) and that humanity will become increasingly younger; human beings will stop develop at an ever earlier age. Steiner then presents some startling facts, clearly reality-based:

‘Whereas in the days of old Atlantis human beings came down to the earth from Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and so on — that is to say, beings of soul were drawn into the realm of earth-existence — since the end of the seventies of last century, other Beings — not of the human order — have been descending to the earth for the purposes of their further development. From cosmic realms beyond the earth they come down to the earth and enter into a definite relationship with human beings. Since the eighties of the nineteenth century, super-earthly Beings have been seeking to enter the sphere of earth-existence. Just as the Vulcan-men were the last to come down to the earth so now Vulcan Beings are actually coming into the realm of earthly existence. Super-earthly Beings are already here, and the fact that we are able to have a connected body of Spiritual Science at all today is due to the circumstance that Beings from beyond the earth are bringing the messages from the spiritual world down into earth-existence.’

Ignoring these beings has its price:

‘Catastrophe after catastrophe must ensue, and earthly life will fall at length into social chaos, if opposition is maintained in human existence to the advent of these Beings.’

Awful things, awful things, lots of really awful things…:

‘And from the earth there will spring forth a terrible brood of beings, a brood of automata of an order of existence lying between the mineral and the plant kingdoms, and possessed of an overwhelming power of intellect.’

Would this help account for the all too common anthroposophical disdain for those dreaded intellectuals and academics who are failing to accept anthroposophical truths and essences? Not to speak of the skeptics, the rational humanists and secularists. Remember Prokofieff’s pontifications on the evils of the internet, the spiders, dragons (foxes) and satanic forces? Hear Steiner:

‘This swarm will seize upon the earth, will spread over the earth like a network of ghastly, spider-like creatures, of an order lower than that of plant-existence, but possessed of overpowering wisdom. These spidery creatures will be all interlocked with one another, and in their outward movements they will imitate the thoughts that men have spun out of the shadowy intellect …’

The science taught in universities can only teach us

‘about the part of man’s being which has a significance from the time of the separation of the moon until its return, when the shadowy thoughts of modern times will become spidery creatures having a concrete existence.’

One would assume this was enough; the reunification of earth and moon won’t take place tomorrow anyway… not even according to Steiner. On the other hand — Steiner’s time frame means he was either wrong or — contrary to Prokofieff’s claims — he isn’t talking about the internet at all. The latter was reason enough for some anthroposophists to reject Prokofieff’s interpretation of the state of the present world. Nevertheless, Steiner then proceeds to compare modern education with medieval torture methods, before turning up this wonderfully poetic vision (it’s no wonder this has inspired all sorts of anthroposophical prejudices towards the internet and modern technology):

‘The human will is threatened with being deprived of spiritual impulses and with becoming involved in the spidery web that will creep over the earth. [. . . ] Intellect will then be objectivised in the very limbs and tentacles of these spidery creatures, who in all their wonderful inter-weavings and caduceus-like convolutions will present an amazing network of intricate forms.’


5 thoughts on “reality, vulcan beings and spiderwebs

  1. Zooey,

    In one of the most embarrassing articles ever written by an Anthro about the Internet, i.e., the one by Sergei Prokofieff in 2006 called The Being of the Internet, you know he had to start out with the spider being lecture.

    However, Tom Last did a wonderful send-up and withering critique of Sergei’s nonsense 3 years ago in this journal entry on the PoF site:

    What I love is the photo Tom put up there taken from the great B movie made in 1955 called Tarantula! whose plot you can read about here:

  2. Zooey,

    I see you’ve already linked to the Sergei article, but now I discovered that they actually have the trailer to the Tarantula movie on the site. (Scroll down the bottom)

    I think all we have to do is re-locate the setting to the Goetheanum and make Sergei into the chief scientist. What a great movie this would make! I would also bring in Groucho Marx and the 3 Stooges. (Groucho = the Ego, Moe=Thinking, Larry=Feeling, Curly=Willing)

    Of course, we need to have the spiders multiply like the brooms in Fantasia, when Mickey Mouse was Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

  3. ‘In one of the most embarrassing articles ever written by an Anthro about the Internet’

    Haha! Yes, it can’t get any worse than this. It’s so embarrassing it could be a spoof (only it isn’t). Sergei should have asked a friend who knew something about the internet (and evil dragon browsers) to read it before publishing it.

    The spider on the photo looks like it could be living in the Goetheanum itself. It’s big enough and perfectly shaped.

  4. Great comment by Tom Last here:

    ‘Sergei Prokofieff, high leader of influence in the Anthroposophical Society, will do his best to create fear in others about computers and the internet because of his own fears. If he wants to end his fear he should chain himself to a computer and confront it and the Internet like someone with courage. Someone sent me this:

    “In the present age it is a matter above all of understanding that it is necessary to be chained to Ahriman, to Ahrimanic elements we ourselves create in our machines… Otherwise we live in fear of many of the things that exist in the present age…

    “So there can be no question today of withdrawing from the outside world which has Ahrimanic forces in it everywhere. No, it is necessary for us to stand in this world but at the same time also make ourselves strong to meet those Ahrimanic forces.”

    The Destinies of Individuals and of Nations, Rudolf Steiner, Berlin, 19 January 1915.’

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