“Quid est veritas?” (4) Legibility, Intelligibility, Lógos

Being that can be understood is language. —Hans-Georg Gadamer (Truth and Method, 1960) In the last chapters we strove to understand the post-truth phenomenon, which we discovered to be a symptom of nihilism in one of its manifold expressions. We strove furthermore to establish the threefold identity of being, truth, and meaning. We discovered a…

Calendar of the Soul XLIII

SEELENKALENDAR “Calendar of the Soul”—Rudolf Steiner’s 52 Verses for the Year ∇ Forty-third Week of the Year ∆ Below is Dr Steiner’s original verse followed by my translation into English. In winterlichen Tiefen Erwarmt des Geistes wahres Sein; Es gibt dem Weltenscheine Durch Herzenskräfte Daseinsmächte; Der Weltenkälte trotzt erstarkend Das Seelenfeuer im Menscheninnern. ∇∆ In…

The Tower of Babble: True Communication

In earlier posts, we considered meaning as truth, and communication as participating a common meaning. We also considered the nature of babble, which is the lack of such participation. Perhaps no exchanges so frequently exemplify the latter as the typical debate between the religious man and the atheist. In the most basic sense, no dialogue…

Calendar of the Soul XLII

SEELENKALENDAR “Calendar of the Soul”—Rudolf Steiner’s 52 Verses for the Year ∇ Forty-second Week of the Year ∆ Below is Dr Steiner’s original verse followed by my translation into English. Es ist in diesem Winterdunkel Die Offenbarung eigner Kraft Der Seele starker Trieb, In Finsternisse sie zu lenken Und ahnend vorzufühlen Durch Herzenswärme Sinnesoffenbarung ∇∆…

The Tower of Babble: A Brief Reflection on Words & Meaning

It is evident that words are not identical with what they mean. People can (1) mean different things with the same word, or (2) mean the same thing with different words, or even (3) use words without meaning anything in particular by them. (1) “Liberal,” for instance, can indicate a left-wing political orientation, moral laxity,…

Calendar of the Soul XLI

SEELENKALENDAR “Calendar of the Soul”—Rudolf Steiner’s 52 Verses for the Year ∇ Forty-first Week of the Year ∆ Below is Dr Steiner’s original verse followed by my translation into English. Der Seele Schaffensmacht, Sie strebet aus dem Herzensgrunde, Im Menschenleben Götterkräfte Zu rechtem Wirken zu entflammen, Sich selber zu gestalten In Menschenliebe und im Menschenwerke…

Calendar of the Soul XL

SEELENKALENDAR “Calendar of the Soul”—Rudolf Steiner’s 52 Verses for the Year ∇ Fortieth Week of the Year ∆ Below is Dr Steiner’s original verse followed by my translation into English. Und bin ich in den Geistestiefen, Erfüllt in meinen Seelengründen Aus Herzens Liebewelten Der Eigenheiten leerer Wahn Sich mit des Weltenwortes Feuerkraft. ∇∆ And thus…

Christmas, “Et incarnatus est…”

We are to understand that Christmas is the season of a miracle. We understand by “miracle” an event that the laws of nature cannot account for. We imagine today that the laws of nature (i.e. physics, chemistry, biology, etc…) can account for everything. We presume that everything not already explained by the laws of nature…

Law & Love

Originally posted on The Lizard-press:
At no other time in recorded history has mankind possessed such power for general annihilation. Technological advancement enables a myriad human activities, including those of genocide & self-destruction. Naturally we must appreciate modern dentistry & spaceships as wonderful conveniences. Nevertheless, the destructive potential of technology dictates that this enterprise is a…

Calendar of the Soul XXXIX

SEELENKALENDAR “Calendar of the Soul”—Rudolf Steiner’s 52 Verses for the Year ∇ Thirty-ninth Week of the Year ∆ Below is Dr Steiner’s original verse followed by my translation into English. An Geistesoffenbarung hingegeben Gewinne ich des Weltenwesens Licht. Gedankenkraft, sie wächst Sich klärend mir mich selbst zu geben, Und weckend löst sich mir Aus Denkermacht…