how to make anthroposophy look silly

if it needs any help, I don’t know. These people succeed pretty well (Robert Powell is the conspiracy theorist, the maya calender nut, by the way):

 

They’re utterly humourless, and quite full of themselves. If I may say so…  It’s what they say — inflating anthroposophy’s importance so that you think it may just explode any minute now — and how they say it. They’re dead serious, and come across like arrogant fools.* They have no doubt whatsoever that anthroposophy is here to save the world. There must be a more attractive way to present that message. On the other hand, I guess, there’s some limited honesty to not even pretend humility.

* I learned a useful new word today: morosoph.

9 thoughts on “how to make anthroposophy look silly

  1. Frankly, it’s hard to believe it’s for real. Are you sure it’s not someone’s idea of a joke?

    They all look like they have dissociative disorders. Only the second guy appears to be making eye contact with anyone, and there’s a certain wavery, bobble-headedness that always makes me think someone’s been meditating too much.

    Perhaps it’s like that seminar you mentioned recently, where they’re not allowed to ever have a glass of wine, but haven’t ever noticed that imbibing Steiner 24/7 results in an even stranger form of inebriation.

  2. >This stuff is what makes them look like a cult, btw. In case somebody ddn’t notice

    Seriously! Look! The spaceship is coming! All aboard!

  3. ‘Frankly, it’s hard to believe it’s for real. Are you sure it’s not someone’s idea of a joke?’

    Oh no… it is real. I noticed that Tarjei and Frank were upset that critics focus on anthros with the wackiest belief to prove that anthros are nuts. But, in fact, what point would there be? Hell, SteinerBooks puts *this* stuff into the world.

    ‘Perhaps it’s like that seminar you mentioned recently, where they’re not allowed to ever have a glass of wine, but haven’t ever noticed that imbibing Steiner 24/7 results in an even stranger form of inebriation.’

    At least the drunk elk, who was lodged in the tree, got help, got down on the ground and recovered. We can’t hope for this in the case above.

    They are not drunk and up a tree but already in the Steiner space-ship.

    I just keep thinking, they must be extreme… and I guess Powell is somewhat extreme. Not everybody accepts his stuff. But Christopher Bamford translated some of Steiner’s works to English, and he’s not a bad writer. It makes you wonder. Of course, one should never imagine that crazy behaviour is only for the daft.

  4. >They are not drunk and up a tree but already in the Steiner space-ship

    You’ll have to forgive me if I quote the Grateful Dead … “Some folks up in tree tops, lookin’ for their kites …”

    I’ve seen Christopher Bamford speak. He isn’t extreme at all, he’s totally mainstream serious very well-respected anthro. No, these folks aren’t extreme, these are all bright lights in anthroposophy. A few cupcakes short of a birthday party, admittedly, but very respectable in the anthro world.

  5. I will now quote my favourite anthro, Bjørneboe:

    “The moment one takes the world with complete seriousness one is potentially insane.”

    Or the other one, Steiner, “Es wird notwendig sein, dass die Menschheit auf dem Wege zur Geistigkeit sich einen gewissen Humor beilegt.” [GA 199, p 90.] (Something like, very roughly and quickly: It will be necessary for humanity to have certain sense of humour on the path to the spiritual.) Not that I’m sure he always had it…

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