#1 Preface - Individual Life

Submitted by Tom Last on Tue, 10/08/2013 - 4:04pm.



We live in the age of individuality. There is great Interest in social change that supports individualism. Rudolf Steiner's "Philosophy Of Freedom" was written for our age. It was written for those striving for individuality. "The Philosophy Of Freedom" begins by giving twelve principles of individual life. 

An individualist makes an energetic effort to shake off every kind of authority.
Nothing is accepted as valid unless it springs from the roots of individuality. 
You do not look for a hero to follow, but find your own way.
You will not allow ideals to be forced upon you. 
You are convinced that in each of us, if we probe deep enough, there is something noble and worthy of development. 
You no longer believe that we must all strive to conform to a common norm.
No one will be left behind. The perfection of the whole depends on the unique perfection of each single individual. 
You do not want to do what anyone else can do equally well. 
Because you are unique, your contribution must be something that you alone can offer. 
You assert the right to creatively express what is unique in you,
without being concerned with suppressive rules or social norms. 
Your writing does not conform to the standards that grammar demands. 
You do not want to be dependent in any way.
These are the principles of individual life. 
This is what freedom looks like.
If you support freedom for all, the Philosophy Of Freedom is for you.


0.0 Culture Of Individuality
[1] I BELIEVE I am indicating correctly one of the fundamental characteristics of our age when I say that, at the present day, all human interests tend to centre in the cult of human individuality. An energetic effort is being made to shake off every kind of authority. Nothing is accepted as valid, unless it springs from the roots of individuality. Everything which hinders the individual in the full development of his powers is thrust aside. The saying “Each one of us must choose his hero in whose footsteps he toils up to Olympus” no longer holds for us. We allow no ideals to be forced upon us. We are convinced that in each of us, if only we probe deep enough into the very heart of our being, there dwells something noble, something worthy of development. We no longer believe that there is a norm of human life to which we must all strive to conform. We regard the perfection of the whole as depending on the unique perfection of each single individual. We do not want to do what anyone else can do equally well. No, our contribution to the development of the world, however trifling, must be something which, by reason of the uniqueness of our nature, we alone can offer. Never have artists been less concerned about rules and norms in art than today. Each of them asserts his right to express, in the creations of his art, what is unique in him. There are dramatists who write in dialect rather than conform to the standard diction which grammar demands.

[2] No better expression for these phenomena can be found than this, that they result from the individual’s striving towards freedom, developed to its highest pitch. We do not want to be dependent in any respect, and where dependence must be, we tolerate it only on condition that it coincides with a vital interest of our individuality.



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Individual Life

You're doing a wonderful service in sharing this! Great Work!