Steiner's two examples: "reason of this similiarity" and "conditions of this experience"

Submitted by Beginner on Fri, 10/02/2009 - 9:44am.

There are two sentences in the second chapter of Steiner's book which I do not understand and ask for help:


Wir sehen aus dem Ei

ein dem Muttertiere ähnliches Wesen


wir fragen nach dem Grunde dieser Aehnlichkeit.


We see a being similar to the mother animal go forth out of the egg

we ask for the reason of this similarity.



Wir beobachten an einem Lebewesen

Wachstum und Entwicklung

bis zu einem bestimmten Grade der Vollkommenheit:

wir suchen nach den Bedingungen dieser Erfahrung.


We observe on a living being

growth and evolution

until a definite degree of perfection:

we seek for the conditions of this experience.


What do "reason of this similarity" and "conditions of this experience"  mean?


    Beginner wrote:

Beginner wrote: “There are two sentences in the second chapter of Steiner's book which I do not understand and ask for help
This post does not attempt to answer Beginner’s question. Here I refer to my difficulties in trying to understand what Beginner requires as an acceptable response to the question.
A slow process of learning is needed for me to understand what you mean when you say you want to understand, Beginner. It is evident to me from reading your posts that you have a different learning style to mine. Perhaps you could ask more specific questions than the broad request for understanding?
Repeatedly quoting Steiner’s text that you provided in your initial question is superfluous in responses to that post. Why do you raise objections, Beginner, to responses that explore Steiner’s meaning by thinking through the sentences you quoted in your post? The outcomes of thinking about these sentences are connected with other relevant thoughts. However you assert that they are not relevant to your wish to understand. What, then, do you want to understand? You may believe that your request to understand is a simple and straightforward. However, your responses to our responses demonstrate that we need more clarity on your question in order to satisfy your need.
Your assumption that perhaps I experience boredom (“less easily bored than perhaps Mr. Ralph is”) is incorrect.
You assert that I lack methodology (“Mr. Ralph's lack of methodology”). This is also an incorrect assumption. I am not going to explain my method here because that is off topic.
I offered no explanation of the concept of similarity because this can be found in a dictionary. A specific aspect that may be relevant to your quote from Steiner could be the scientific filing system for animal types, families, etc. I am not sufficiently familiar with this methodology in biology to offer an explanation, so I remain silent. Whether Steiner’s text is concerned with the kind of similarity evident through Goethe’s discoveries of the metamorphosis of forms, I can only venture a personal opinion. As you do not wish for “personal preferences”, I remain silent.
In English there is no requirement to capitalise nouns unless they are names (a proper noun). The descriptive noun, anthroposophist, requires no capital letter, Beginner. In form and usage it is similar to the noun, biologist.