Anyone who wants to become an esotericist in the anthroposophical sense must train his thought life so that every thought is thought through sufficiently. Short thinking is the sign of a materialist. Anthroposophical esotericists must not fall into comfortable thinking. Take the thought of social democracy: Change the circumstances and a man will have better living and working conditions — that's a belief of materialism, short and deceiving. This belief is very paralyzing for every study of social life. Now how can an anthroposophist free himself from this materialistic belief that existence and even morality would improve if one would just improve outer conditions? Let's begin with the reflection that every change has to be made by human beings and that therefore every condition that's brought about for the social order arises from human thoughts and feelings. Once one has this thought firmly in mind one can free oneself from the materialistic view that everything is brought about by external conditions.