reply to post by Frater210
I think you knew that though.
Yes, I wrote the last post in a rush at the end of work. What I was trying to convey is the multitude of potentially bogus information outhere. I
can not even imagine the amount of individuals who have placed their trust completely in people like this.
On another topic, I am interested in Steiner's thoughts that one of Ahriman's goals is to make man "mechanized." Something about this argument
really resonated with me. I have have this thought for a while. I first started thinking about it when I took a "History of Sport in America"
class in college.One of the major emphasis in the class was describing the differences in sport before and after the industrial revolution. This
theory is conceptualized by comparing baseball and football and how the two sports showed the changing mind set of the public when the sport was
Baseball: Pre-industrial age, pastoral, played from spring to fall(the time of harvest), no running clock of any sort(theoretically a game could last
for eternity), while having some boundries(foul ball) the lines continue from home plate to infinity(assuming you don't have outfield walls, which
they did not when it was first created.), a game that is mostly about the individual (pitcher v. hitter), non contact, no real penalties or
punishment only judgment calls by the umpires, etc.
Football: Industrial age, the game is run by a rigid game clock, the entire playing field is careful placed in a grid format down to the last yard,
played in the non-harvesting winter time, the game places emphasis on the collective rather than the individual (all must block for the runner),
punishment is often times enforced by the refs for "illegal" behavor or plays, and contact is the name of the game.
So my point is, that this is just one example showing Steiner's thoughts of the mechanization of man, via sport. Sport has always reflected the
society that created it.(Gladiators and the fall of Rome)
I have to say that the punch clock is the prime example of man's mechanization.(As an attorney who must bill X hours per week, I am well aware of the
soulessness of the punch clock.) I find it hard to believe that the pre-industrial man was as apt to trade his time/freedom for money/security. It
seems the preindustrial people were goal based and not as concerned with the time spent to achieve that goal(ie. I will tend this field
approprietly..."if it takes me all day so be it. If it takes me an hour, so be it.") The post industrial life seems to only centered on the time
and not the goal.(ie. you work from nine to five regardless of the goal. The goal is then, you being at work and giveing up your freedom.)
You add this working process with the overuse of calculators, television, radio, IPODS, the internet, cell phones etc. and you have Steiner's
mechanized man. A person who is completely void of the freedom of action and thought that we as a people were ment to utilize.