Script for upcoming video on Ethical Individualism UPDATE

Submitted by Tom Last on Tue, 08/23/2011 - 9:12am.


We have plenty of knowers.
And we have plenty of doers.
But the one who matters the most is the knowing doer, the one who acts out of knowledge.
This is the Ethical Individualist.


The Ethical Individualist feels a part of each life situation he meets.
But does not allow himself to be determined by it.
He acquires knowledge of a situation by using the method of science —observational analysis— to discover the laws at work.
The Ethical Individualist knows how to think scientifically.


He also uses thinking in ethics.
The Ethical Individualist sees a certain value in all ethical principles.
And always asks in each case whether this or that principle is the more important.
To select an ethical principle he uses the method of philosophy —conceptual analysis.
The philosophical method works with universalized or generalized concepts of things rather than the specific details, since the specifics of a situation can be a distraction.
As the philosophical method deals with pure concepts, the way it acquires knowledge is with pure reasoning.
Pure reasoning intuitively selects the ethical principle to be applied.
The Ethical Individualist is capable of pure reasoning.


To realize a universal ethical principle, it first needs to be imaginatively translated into a picture of specific action.
This requires having imagination.
By creating idealistic imaginations he envisions a goal to strive for.
People who merely preach ethical codes without being able to turn them into a plan of action are morally unproductive.
The Ethical Individualist is imaginative and innovative.

 

The world the Ethical Individualist wishes to transform is already living according to certain principles and laws.
Such as the laws found in ecology, sociology, and psychology.
Violating these existing laws that hold things together may cause unnecessary disruption.
To avoid this, the Ethical Individualist studies the general scientific knowledge of his field.
With this knowledge he arrives at the best way to skillfully implement his idealistic imaginations without disrupting the natural laws already in place.
The Ethical Individualist has the technical skills to be successful.


The Ethical Individualist strives for sublimely great ideals because they have become the content of his own being.
They are his intuitions and are the driving forces that empower his will against all obstacles.
He wants them, because their translation into reality is his highest pleasure.
He does not regard his ethical task as a matter of duty, but rather to follow his love for the deed.
The Ethical Individualist is completely self-empowered.


Ethical Individualism was described by Rudolf Steiner in 1894, in his Philosophy of Freedom.
Rudolf Steiner may have been born a clairvoyant, but he was not born an Ethical Individualist.
He had to earn it.
It is not a norm that can be fully put to use without the need of human development.
The Ethical Individualist is trained in scientific thinking, pure reasoning, creative imagination and technical skill.
Steiner had to develop scientific thinking and pure reasoning with an education in mathematics, science and philosophy.
He was trained in his field by earning a doctorate of philosophy.


In "The Philosophy of Freedom" Steiner describes the three essential capabilities he calls ethical intuition, ethical imagination, and ethical technique.

--Ethical Intuition is the capacity to intuitively select an ethical principle for a particular life situation.
--Ethical Imagination is the capacity to imaginatively translate a general ethical principle into a specific picture of the action to be carried out.
--Ethical Technique is the capacity to transform the world according to one's ethical imaginations without violating the natural laws by which things are connected.


At this level of ethics, conduct is not predetermined by one's own character or by an external authority.
The action is not a stereotyped one that merely follows rules, nor is it one that is automatically performed in response to an external stimulus.
Instead, it is an action determined purely and simply by its own ideal content.
The Ethical Individualist carries out a deed that originates within himself, it is a free deed!


To reach your full human potential, learn more by studying Rudolf Steiner's “The Philosophy Of Freedom”.
Free download of the book at www dot philosophy of freedom dot com.