Christine Gruwez studied philosophy and linguistics at the KU Leuven, the Catholic University in Louvain, Belgium. She met Anthroposophy through the Waldorf school in Antwerp, which her four children attended, and where she taught from 1976 to 1986. She also taught for a decade in the Waldorf Education Training Program. Since 1997, Christine has led seminars and conferences at Emerson College, at the Goetheanum, in Europe, Asia and the US.
One of the key-words to what we are going through in these times is polarization. This polarization has started long before recent events, such as the pandemic or violent clashes between groups of people in a society. For polarization has to do with human development, with our path towards responsibility out of true freedom.
The soul forces have emancipated from each other and most of all the capacity of thinking has become independent from the spiritual world. To the point, that Rudolf Steiner to the teachers collegium of the first Waldorf School has spoken of ‘the becoming evil of human intelligence.’: ‘das Böse werden der Intelligenz’.
Exactly there we find ourselves at the crossroad.
Human intelligence having necessary emancipated from its divine origin, can make the choice between becoming human as the next step towards freedom or to let the soul forces more and more been orchestrated by non-human power. It is the choice between the awakening of Christ in us or the power of the Ahrimanic impulses. Do we abandon our Planet Earth to those Impulses, or do we find a way to actively think the creation and nature, as Christ would think them?
- (CW 26) Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts 112-114: Human Future and Michael Activity.
- “The Occult Significance of Forgiveness” by Sergei Prokofieff
- The becoming evil of intelligence in our times is a lecture Steiner gave to the first collegium of teachers:
The Intelligence and the Evil
At the same time when the idea of robots was born, when the mechanistic intelligence tests were being developed, and shortly after the devastation of World War I, Rudolf Steiner gave the lecture series “The question of education as a social question”. In it he warned urgently of the danger of the mechanization of intelligence, the social coldness of intelligence and the associated excesses of the intelligence myth: “If people use their intelligence and do not have particularly wild instincts, it is barely possible to look at the light of good. But this human intelligence will get more and more the inclination to think out evil and to insert evil into man in the moral, evil in knowledge, error”. After all, it is not at all for nothing that the intelligence can instill so much pride and arrogance in contemporary people. Anyone who follows the development of modern civilization carefully will notice that Steiner was right to issue these warnings. A few years later, the increasingly “cold and evil intelligence” of man invented the Third Reich, the Holocaust, a racist social order, later the atom bomb, genetic engineering and the killer games.
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