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?


Mr. Ralph's question about identity and simliarity

To understand the first sentence:

We see a being similar to the mother animal going forth out of the egg; we ask for the reason of this simliarity

Wir sehen aus dem Ei ein Wesen ähnlich dem Muttertiere hervorgehen

requires that the adjective similar and its noun similarity be explained.

The sentence about a tree's branch in the same paragraph of Der Grundtrieb zur Wissenschaft could be viewed as a case of contradiction, which presupposes identity.