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– Dornach, 29 September 1917
THE DRIVING FORCES BEHIND EUROPE'S WAR
True insight into the underlying causes of the Great War show that
they are spiritual in origin — this must be understood and
acted upon or the chaos would continue.
– Dornach, 30 September 1917
HUMANITY'S STRUGGLE FOR MORALITY
Humanity labours under illusions based in the past — true
insight requires a morality which is difficult to achieve but
which must become part of human life.
– Dornach, 1 October 1917
THE QUEST FOR A PERFECT SOCIAL ORDER
Efforts to create a perfect society based on non-spiritual impulses
cannot succeed — yet a true spiritual-scientific viewpoint will
not find easy acceptance.
– Dornach, 6 October 1917
THE ELEMENTAL SPIRITS OF BIRTH AND DEATH
Humanity must accept that destructive spiritual beings — who
previously held a rightful place — have entered into everyday
life, bringing disruption and division.
– Dornach, 7 October 1917
CHANGES IN HUMANITY'S SPIRITUAL MAKE-UP
The evolution of humanity means a gradual inner separation of the
spiritual and physical, something that must be comprehended clearly
– Dornach, 8 October 1917
THE NEW SPIRITUALITY
Fruitful political ideas will arise if the previously separated
realms of human thought and true spiritual impulses are bridged.
– Dornach, 12 October 1917
WORKING FROM SPIRITUAL REALITY
Thinking, and subsequent action, must be based on actual even-day
reality and not on abstract intellectual theory.
– Dornach, 13 October 1917
ABSTRACTION AND REALITY
Concepts based on reality hold within them the active inner life
which is also present in everyday outer life.
– Dornach, 14 October 1917
THE BATTLE BETWEEN MICHAEL AND ‘THE DRAGON’
Ahrimanic beings — defeated by the Michaelic hosts —
now influence human beings, especially through materialistic thinking.
– Dornach, 20 October 1917
THE INFLUENCE OF THE BACKWARD ANGELS
The backward angels make themselves at home in human heads but can
find no place in heads filled with true spiritual wisdom.
– Dornach, 21 October 1917
RECOGNIZING THE INNER HUMAN BEING
People's inner soul life and their connection with the Cosmos must
be taken into consideration by future scientists, educators and others.
– Dornach, 26 October 1917
THE SPIRITS OF LIGHT AND THE SPIRITS OF DARKNESS
Until 1879 the Spirits of Light promoted hereditary blood bonds
and the Spirits of Darkness the urge for independence — then
this was reversed.
– Dornach, 27 October 1917
THE FALLEN SPIRITS' INFLUENCE IN THE WORLD
The fallen spirits now work on earth, but their defeat in
‘the heavens’ meant a science of the spirit became
available to humanity.
– Dornach, 28 October 1917
INTO THE FUTURE
If humanity becomes fully conscious of spiritual realities —
especially the influence of the Spirits of Darkness — then
right attitudes and activities will manifest.
Chronology of Rudolf Steiner's Life