The Fall of the Spirits of Darkness
Table of Contents
- The Driving Forces Behind Europe's War
Humanity's Struggle for Morality
- 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.
The Quest for a Perfect Social Order
- 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.
The Elemental Spirit Spirits of Birth and Death
- Efforts to create a perfect society based on non-spiritual impulses cannot succeed — yet a true spiritual-scientific viewpoint will not find easy acceptance.
Changes in Humanity's Spiritual Make-Up
- Humanity must accept that destructive spiritual beings — who previously held a rightful place — have entered into everyday life, bringing disruption and division.
The New Spirituality
- The evolution of humanity means a gradual inner separation of the spiritual and physical, something that must be comprehended clearly and incisively.
Working From Spiritual Reality
- Fruitful political ideas will arise if the previously separated realms of human thought and true spiritual impulses are bridged.
Abstraction and Reality
- Thinking, and subsequent action, must be based on actual even-day reality and not on abstract intellectual theory.
The Battle Between Michael and ‘The Dragon’
- Concepts based on reality hold within them the active inner life which is also present in everyday outer life.
The Influence of the Backward Angels
- Ahrimanic beings — defeated by the Michaelic hosts — now influence human beings, especially through materialistic thinking.
Recognizing the Inner Human Being
- The backward angels make themselves at home in human heads but can find no place in heads filled with true spiritual wisdom.
The Spirits of Light and the Spirits of Darkness
- People's inner soul life and their connection with the Cosmos must be taken into consideration by future scientists, educators and others.
The Fallen Spirits' Influence in the World
- Until 1879 the Spirits of Light promoted hereditary blood bonds and the Spirits of Darkness the urge for independence — then this was reversed.
Into the Future
- The fallen spirits now work on earth, but their defeat in ‘the heavens’ meant a science of the spirit became available to humanity.
- If humanity becomes fully conscious of spiritual realities — especially the influence of the Spirits of Darkness — then right attitudes and activities will manifest.