Is this not enough?
Using Rudolf Steiner's insights, I can say that I am the manifestation of cosmic fulness, that which was there in the beginning. But more than being merely a cosmic mediator, I am, to use Steiner’s own words, ‘the unified world of ideas which reveals itself through this organism’.
Is this not enough? Is this not finally the answer to the great grail question - 'what am I?'
The question remains - does something emerge from intuition that was not there before? Is man ever free to create?
If thoughts are pre-existent as Steiner implies, then the answer to these questions is surely no.
If this is the case, then what was taken to be the creative activity of the mind and imagination, particularly by artists and poets, and one thinks of Ezra Pound’s dictate to ‘make it new’ here, was in reality an intuited manifestation of the pre-existing, i.e. that which was there from the beginning.
What we see in the ‘creative’ imagination of the fully human individual is the full flowering of what existed from the beginning, but as thought incarnated, or even reincarnated.
Steiner found a meaning to life here, or, rather, a purpose to life, i.e. to make the world spirit manifest.
Let us take stock here. Has Steiner answered the grail question?
'What am I?' In Steiner's terms I am a cosmic mediator, thought incarnated, the manifestation of cosmic fulness, that which was in the beginning.
Found! The meaning to life! Answered! The grail question! Is this not enough?
Even accepting Steiner's insights as true for now, the answer is no. Steiner is offering a purpose to life, not a meaning.
© John Dunn.