This was written as a Christmas gift for a friend in the United States who is a highly respected businessman, yet has the inner confidence to drive a secondhand Toyota. He’s a real businessman, who knows what value is, and literally knows how much every cent earns him. Nor is he worried how others perceive him. When I’ve spoken of practical threefolding, I have used his business principles as examples on no few occasions.
With especial thanks to my friend who dug this out of the depths of the Anthroposophical Group on Facebook.
Thinking, Feeling and Willing.
I’d like to invite you to travel into a different realm of the tactical triangle (1). Only we have to get there first, so I’ll hold the door open for you and you sit yourself in the comfortable interior of a German made car. As you close the door there’s that satisfying clunk that only comes with quality. The dashboard’s bigger than your Toyota, your mind wondering if it’s as cheap and easy to maintain. There’s no doubt about the fuel efficiency. And yes, I know which you’d prefer, but this is our imagination, okay, so anything goes. What’s more, you’re my guest on this occasion and it’s what I arrived in.
Sitting myself next to you in the passenger seat, you see me turn to you as my own door clumps shut. “Would you be as kind as to drive to the freeway?” Spoken with that quiet English accent. You start the engine and pull out into the avenue, see the trees glide by. Streets that are familiar to you and as foreign to me as Bucharest. At the junction, eyeing up the traffic, you turn across to the left. Not only do you know your way, you’re a careful driver. Two reasons to let you drive. I’m only a careful driver.
With the signs above us, you turn onto the sliproad and we glide out onto the wide expanse of the interstate. Indicating into the middle lane to avoid a lumbering lorry, see the black paint and chrome pipes fall slowly behind us. They do look strange when you’re used to the modest European things that are just boxes on wheels. And now with the road open before us, we really pick up speed and our backs sink into the leather. A board with strange names sails by over our heads, low on the horizon the sun an evening red. Intensity turned magnificent through the darkening of the atmosphere. I notice the clock, it’s reading well over 200 km/h. Pretty normal for the outside lane.
The highway narrows, someone pulls out. No indicators! We’re reigned in by our seatbelts, your reaction is as instant as his error. I sigh: a yellow licence plate. It can mean only one thing, a Dutchman. What do the Germans say about the letters ‘NL’? ‘Never Learn’. But then, the Dutch simply aren’t used to vehicles that drive twice as fast as in their little country. Their judgments are merely assumptions about what ought to happen.
The Nature Of Time.
The Truth And Modern Science.
The Lizard Looks After The Details Whilst You Enjoy Driving.
You’re driving your car. You see the sign for Regensburg and know there aren’t any speed limits on this stretch of the A3. You think “yahoo!” and your car shoots down the road. Just like that. You didn’t even notice the movement of your foot.
You don’t think “I need to press this pedal with my right foot to adjust the valve that allows more fuel into the injectors that makes the engine pull more power now that I’m on the Autobahn”.
All that happens is that you think and it moves.
You see when I am writing something, I can’t make a mistake. It is art, after all! Yet, on occasion I get responses from readers that point to annoying details of the story that I wrote. It is the kind of thing that shows that they have not read the whole story and have just picked at whatever they saw as an easy target. There there was some confusion that led to it being hard to follow or some such rubbish. Now isn’t it quite natural that I should take this with affront? After all, there is good reason: such a critic is acting in a manner that is both offensive and unkind.
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(1) The so-called ‘Tactical Triangle’ is another specific application thinking, feeling and willing this time applied to the world of business. Well, business is about humans, and humans are about thinking, feeling and willing. What makes the Tactical Triangle so powerful is that it recognizes the client: most business consultants stick to speaking of the realms of the business itself – but not the people who need it. Because it is the customer who has the power to change a business, not the business owner.
(2) Rudolf Steiner describes the phenomenon in his lecture Psychoanalysis In The Light Of Anthroposophy. It is the same lecture as quoted at the bottom of the image.
The Astronomy Course was the third of Rudolf Steiner’s scientific lecture courses, which were – and still are – groundbreaking. They go well beyond the static Newtonian ideas that are so comforting to the modern mind, but that is the problem. Rudolf Steiner’s concepts challenge our modern way of thinking. Indeed, they challenge the way a modern Anthroposophist thinks. In a way, the modern scientist – like the modern Anthroposohpist – is like the Dutch motorist who knows of nothing faster than 120km/h. And since he only ever drives in Holland, has no experience of anything else.
Other Posts In This Series:
Part 1: Experiencing Time First Hand.
Part 2: All Hard Drives Look Alike.
Part 3: What Ahriman Wants. (Published privately).
Part 4: Stirring Horn Silica.
Part 5: A Horn Silica Rainbow.
Part 6: Messed Up Beans. (Published privately).
Part 7: Newton’s Rainbow.
Part 8: Untangling The Astral And The Etheric. (Published privately).
Part 9: How To Count Water.
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