Steiner Online Library Spiritual Science for Human Evolution

The Fall of the Spirits of Darkness
GA 177

Table of Contents

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The Elemental Spirit 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.
  5. 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 and incisively.
  6. The New Spirituality
    • Fruitful political ideas will arise if the previously separated realms of human thought and true spiritual impulses are bridged.
  7. Working From Spiritual Reality
    • Thinking, and subsequent action, must be based on actual even-day reality and not on abstract intellectual theory.
  8. Abstraction and Reality
    • Concepts based on reality hold within them the active inner life which is also present in everyday outer life.
  9. The Battle Between Michael and ‘The Dragon’
    • Ahrimanic beings — defeated by the Michaelic hosts — now influence human beings, especially through materialistic thinking.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.

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"You can see from this, my dear friends, what mischief will be set on foot if the truths of Spiritual Science are withheld. For man will be exposed to the forces of evil, and he will only be protected from it by giving himself up to the spiritual life of the good. To withhold the spiritual life of goodness from men is to be no friend to humanity. Whoever does this, be he Freemason or Jesuit, is no friend to humanity. For it means handing men over to the forces of evil. And there may be a purpose in doing so. This purpose may be to confine goodness to a small circle, in order by the help of this goodness to dominate the helpless humanity who are thus led by evil into the follies of life."

—Rudolf Steiner,
Spiritual Science Notes On Goethe's Faust, Vol. II, No. 273-8.

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