"Steiner defended Goethe's qualitative description of color as arising synthetically from the polarity of light and darkness, in contrast to Newton's particle-based and analytic conception. Steiner documented Goethe's success in documenting the evolutionary and transformational aspects of plants and celebrated Goethe's appreciation of plant archetypes (Urpflanze). Steiner speculated Goethe had sought, but been unable to find altogether, a corresponding metaphorphosis in animal biology. He emphasized the role of evolutionary thinking in Goethe's discovery of the intermaxillary bone in human beings; Goethe expected human anatomy to be an evolutionary transformation of animal anatomy."
"You will not be good teachers if you focus only on what you do, and not who you are."
BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS, RUDOLPH STEINER
b. Feb 25, 1861, Kraljevica, (northeastern) Croatia; died 1925.
"Rudolph Steiner is a fascinating and influential figure of Western cultural and spiritual history. His explorations, work and writings span nearly every area of human endeavor, - and are united together by his relentless quest for integration and for holism.
In a certain sense, he is the original New Age and post-Renaissance -man, seeking the unified connection of all things. In another sense - he is decidedly not like the current day watered down derivative versions that have acquired the name "New Age" whose thinking, values art, and music can border on the juvenile and fantastical.
His insistence on the imagination as prime and imperative in education led to the establishment of the Waldorf school movement whose current themes directly echo his tenets. The movement Anthroposophy grew out of his initial association with Madame Blavatsky's Theosophical movement and found its own voice in its allegiance to European roots and expressions in contrast to Hindu Indian traditions and teachings.
He did not accept Madame B's assertion of Krishnamurti as the coming World Teacher... Krishnamurti did not accept it either, and in that regard Steiner and K were bonded.
Biodynamic farming - now an international movement founded on a return to holism originated with Steiner, as did the performing and movement arts practice called Euryrthmy.
Steiner was closely bonded to Johann Goethe's holistic approach to science and observation, and based on that affinity opened an architecturally compelling cultural center called the Goetheanum.
In our times, spiritual teacher and explorer Samuel Sagan draws significantly from the works and example of Steiner in his expression of Western esotericism.
I wonder what he did for fun, outside of all this inquiry and spiritual entrepreneurship? Table Tennis?"