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:

1.

Wir sehen aus dem Ei

ein dem Muttertiere ähnliches Wesen

hervorgehen:

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.

 

2.

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?

 

out of the egg a being SIMILAR TO the mother animal

Ei

The egg belongs to the bird, not the bird as egg animal. (Kluge)

 

PS: Example of folk etymology - ei [Ei] is in gleich, therefore relationship between both.

Is aehnlich - Ahn/Ahne/Ahnen  just another case of folk etymological speculation?