Wednesday, March 22, 2017

JUNE 20 - JULY 21 - COMPASSION LEADS TO FREEDOM

THE CALENDAR OF VIRTUES
JUNE 20 - JULY 21 - COMPASSION LEADS TO FREEDOM
OPPOSITE: Heartlessness
ABOUT THE CALENDAR OF VIRTUES
 The Calendar of Virtues represents a year-round opportunity to practice Virtue Transitions while outer nature is going through analogous changes. Your inner practice will be reflected in the outer world which can strengthen your experience. PLEASE POST YOUR INSIGHTS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW.
IN NATURE:
      In high mountain lakes the population of native trout are usually one species. They come to balance the food use out of a natural, in-built compassion. Let just one of a competitive, more aggressive species be introduced into that lake and the total population of native trout will drop. That native population of trout is free but does not try to overly complete with its brothers and sisters – or with the aggressive trout should one be introduced. Competitiveness is not "natural" to that species.
IN HUMAN NATURE:
      In his lecture, "Brotherhood/Sisterhood And The Fight For Existence," Rudolf Steiner renames "brotherhood/sisterhood" as "mutual help". Mutual help is a way of living and working that has a basis in compassion. In the lecture Steiner traces the historical  development of communities and guilds through the middle ages. And says that it is not a choice between compassion and making oneself as strong as possible.
      "It is right to make ourselves as strong as possible, but the question is, can we really become strong without love?" The cells in our body must work cooperatively with other cells and each of them must be as healthy as possible so that the entire body is healthy. He goes on to say that anybody has a soul and then he says that communities have a "soul" as well and this is called "brotherhood/sisterhood" or "mutual help".

     We have a common attitude today that we as individuals can only benefit by growing smarter, having greater physical prowess, or having incredible personal expertise that puts us ahead of everyone else. Steiner says this "Fight For Existence" is to be expected, along with it he says we must add expertise in positive work with one another. In this way the individual has options in their lives and are not totally isolated to only working for or with themselves. By adding the capacity for compassion, one also adds freedom.
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