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Steiner, Rudolf - Nature spirits - The misuse of power

Identifier

000923

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Much is achieved by grouping people together to achieve things, so there is nothing wrong with the presence of a strong leading will in a group of individuals giving those individuals a sense of motivation and focus.   Where it goes wrong is when that will is imposed – for example by slavery or fear or violence or similar means.  Instead power – for that is what it is, should be given by those prepared to be part of the group, in other words power is a gift of those willing to work towards the objectives of the one ‘in power’.

A description of the experience

Rudolf Steiner – Nature Spirits
Think only how the modern man for the most part wants to overrule the mind of another, how he cannot bear someone else to think differently, how he wants to work upon the other's soul.  In all that works from soul to soul in our world, from the giving of unjustifiable advice to all those methods which people employ in order to overwhelm others, in every act that does not allow the free soul to confront the free soul but employs even in slightest degree forcible means of convincing and persuasion, in all this, forces are working from soul to soul which again so influence these souls that it is expressed in [their spirit] .... they belong to the class of demons

 

The source of the experience

Steiner, Rudolf

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