together

Newspaper article.

Waldis halten zusammen. Im Kindergarten. In der Schule. Und weit darüber hinaus. Wie die Waldorf-Familie funktioniert, wird im neuen Kinderhaus in Hamme offenbar.

Er, yeah. Those children who don’t fit the ‘Waldorf-Familie’ or feel zuhause, despite efforts by the child’s own family, tend to disappear eventually. Leaving all the happy-smiling-singing-jumping media-friendly ones to their own little world of bliss. I’m just saying. It has to be that way; it’s the other side of ‘waldis’ sticking together. Nothing surprising, really. Sticking together, tightly, in these kinds of communities always necessitates outcasts. This is perhaps not particular to waldorf (although waldorf does tend to try to create ‘strong communities’, shared life-styeles, shared ideals, and so forth), but it’s worth noting everything is not harmonious with these kinds of arrangements. I’m sure it’s very nice and comfortable and pleasant and warm and all of that, it’s just that — predictably and inevitably — none of these ‘goods’ come without strings attached. Maybe they shouldn’t either. But still. It’s perhaps worth pointing out?

 „Hier können sich unsere Kleinen wohl und geborgen fühlen“, schwärmte eine Mutter bei der offiziellen Eröffnung am Samstag.

How cosy.

(A very old post I wrote about waldorf communities.)

2 thoughts on “together

  1. “I’m sure it’s very nice and comfortable and pleasant and warm and all of that,….”
    I can’t remember where just now, but I have an idea Steiner warns against this comfortable smugness. He is keen to point out that part of the spirit of our times is an anti-social quality in individuals as they strive to realise their own egos. He says somewhere that trying to pretend that this doesn’t exist is damaging to everyone.
    In the three-fold social order the social element really finds its strongest expression in the economic sphere, when we devote our creative work to the good of everyone, the many.
    In the sphere of rights we are all equal before the law. But here it may be a case of defending the rights of the individual against the many, or curtailing the freedom of an individual in order to protect the many.
    In the spiritual realm, the soul realm, the realm of creativity – which can manifest in many different ways – it doesn’t have to be a ‘work of art’ – then we are completely alone, the individual holds sway.
    Smug cosiness tends to reject the strong individual.

  2. ‘I can’t remember where just now, but I have an idea Steiner warns against this comfortable smugness.’

    I have a memory of having read something similar not very long ago. I’m just guessing now, but since I’ve recently read GA 253 and this topic seems at least somewhat fitting… perhaps that was the one. Of course, he might have said similar things on other occasions as well. I think he saw that happen — people going cosy, comfortable and smug.

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