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Pandemics (Steiner on disease)

Rudolph Steiner wrote on the nature of infection and epidemics from his time during World War I and the Spanish flu.
He said, “people today are haunted by a fear we can compare with the medieval fear of ghosts.  It is the fear of germs.  … The modern age has lost this belief in the spiritual world; it believes in material things.  It therefore has a fear of material beings, be they ever so small….Germs flourish most intensively when we take nothing but materialistic thoughts into sleep with us…(or) live in the center of an epidemic or endemic illness, and (tend) to think of nothing but the sickness all around, filled only with a fear of getting sick….If this fear can be reduced, even a little by, for example, active love and, while tending the sick, forgetting for a time that one might also be infected, the conditions are less favorable for the germs…. If people were given thoughts that lead them away from materialism and spur them on to active love out of the spirit, it would serve the future of humanity better.  Presence of the Dead on the Spiritual Path, May 5, 1914

While we focus solely upon external harm to the physical, we are missing a greater threat upon our souls in the spiritual.
In Spiritual domains the danger of infection is infinitely greater than in any physical domain,” – Steiner (in Cosmic and Human Metamorphoses: Metamorphoses of soul forces Feb 13, 1917).

Here is what Steiner had to say concerning Diphtheria: “Infection is due to a person becoming an imitator. Indeed, there is a very delicate sensitivity involved in this imitating. … This is because the human organism, by virtue of its imitative tendency, comes to meet the trouble, adjusting itself in an imitative, receptive way as soon as it “perceives” the diphtheric poison. Hence a psychological rebuke, when it is possible in the initial stages, and psychological support by encouragement may well have a favorable effect.” Anthroposophical Spiritual Science and Medical Therapy Anthro Medical Therapy: Lecture V Dornach April 15, 1921

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