Human History in the Light of Spiritual Investigation. Lecture 2 of 16
If I speak about death and immortality today, it may seem as if at first such a consideration is caused in the personal needs of the human soul, which have little do with knowledge, with science. If you survey the series of spiritual-scientific talks that I have held you will realize that I applied a scientific standard to the considered objects, even if a spiritual-scientific standard. Hence, today's consideration does also not start from what we find within our emotional life, within our longings and wishes towards a life that exceeds the life of the physical body. It will rather concern this: how has human knowledge to position itself to the questions of death and immortality completely in the sense, as this knowledge positions itself to other objects of our knowledge? Since if we abstain from the longing for a life which exceeds the bodily, if we abstain from what is to be understood possibly in the sense of concepts like fear of death and the like, we have the question of the nature of our whole human individuality in it as something that remains for human knowledge regarding death and immortality.
If today you work freely and strongly,
Then you can hope for a tomorrow
That is also fortunate.
Always its power only,
Dying, however, the spirit shows
How through all deaths
It always survives to higher life.