had to step back in our times. This had to happen in order to
make possible the great conquests on the physical plane, in order
to dominate the material world. Now the time is near when humanity
must again devote itself to spirituality. Humanity is rushing
toward a stage that cannot be endured if spiritual life is not
developed. As an example of how necessary it is to be immersed
in the spirit: You know the enormous advances that have been made
in, for example, the study of electricity. A colossal power is
associated with this, which will enable man to misuse it. In a
relatively short time man will be the master of an enormous power
that he will be able to use on the physical plane. He will be
able, for example, to set off detonations, explosions in a distant
place without anyone knowing who the author was. Humanity will
have power. And it will be devastating if humanity does not stand
at the pinnacle of morality and doesn’t use this terrible power
exclusively for good purposes…” Rudolf Steiner, April 3, 1905
event of September 11 and its aftermath still dominate the world's
consciousness - as they do the contents of Southern Cross Review,
at least in this issue - starting with the drawing shown above
that depicts the hope (or, in the child's mind, the certainty)
that the Good personified by St. Michael will eventually overcome
the symbolic dragon's evil. In the Editor's Page, those
who wish to can read some of my own thoughts, and those of others,
on the subject. Several related experiences are told in Twin
A lecture by Rudolf Steiner entitled (by me) "The Ahriman
Conspiracy" seems especially appropriate for these days.
The second lecture on "Esoteric Cosmology" is also presented.
The Science section brings an article by Craig Holdrege
& Steve Talbott about technology in agriculture. A
review of Elaine Pagel's "Adam, Eve, and the Serpent"
about the prevailing influence of the Paradise myth on western
civilization's gender and sexual patterns, should motivate you
to get the book. Poetry is trying for a comeback in SCR. (Poets
take note.) Short stories by Norman Lock, Gaither Stewart
and Arndt Britschi, all in a lighter vein for a change,
can provide some respite from current unreal reality.
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