I have felt disinclined to write on this blog recently and the reason is simple. There just isn't much left to say which hasn't already been said. How long can you keep pointing out that humanity is on course for global civilisational collapse which is what always happens when the impetus that gave rise to a new culture has dissipated and there is no creative energy left? How many times can you say that when the spiritual world is denied as it is now human beings go literally, yes, quite literally, mad and start engaging in self-destructive behaviour? Their minds descend into a kind of anarchic mess, antipathy for the other increases and the most mentally perverted become the most passionate in defending and promoting their perversions.
We are living in times which are both extraordinary and just plain dull. Nothing of any real interest is taking place even though recent events have been both dramatic and unprecedented. But none of it really means anything as nothing can mean anything in the absence of God. Now he has been forgotten for so long that in most people's minds he has become like Odin or Zeus, merely an old tribal god we have long since outgrown. Unfortunately, this simply means that human beings have begun to lose the will to live though they are still afraid of death. Without a spiritual background to life, it becomes merely a sorry succession of moments of seeking pleasure which eventually palls and then all that matters is avoiding pain. Our science is no longer the search for truth and understanding about the universe but a kind of technocratic support system crippled by ideology. Our art is the product of sterile minds digging into the body of the past and thinking they are making something new from the corpse. And our religion, what there is of it, amounts to little more than warming up the leftovers of a feast most of which has long since been consumed so the nourishment has gone. As for politics, well that is all of whatever stripe quite obviously moving closer and closer to totalitarianism.
I am neither a pessimist nor a cynic. I believe that God is always there and will reward those who remain faithful to the vision of holiness. The world in its present form will presumably die but that is not a bad thing. Corruption needs to be cleansed. But souls will survive in one form or another and they will go to where their mind takes them. In the spiritual world we get what we are. In the meantime, this world will become increasingly insane. What is there to love or honour or aspire to? Just an abstraction called humanity but humanity on its own is just a collection of flesh and bones. With God we are the most extraordinary and glorious beings. Without him we are just a lot of clever but foolish monkeys, chattering about nothing but full of self-importance.
In 1924 at a lecture at Arnhem in Holland the spiritual philosopher, or spiritual scientist as he thought of himself, Rudolf Steiner said that by the year 2000 "humanity will either stand at the grave of all civilisation or at the beginning of that age when in the souls of human beings who unite intelligence with spirituality in their hearts the Archangel's Michael's battle will be fought out to victory." It's not hard to see which of those two options is the one that happened. Pretty much everything that could go wrong in the 20th century, especially the latter half, did go wrong. The Nazis and the Communists were defeated on the physical plane but the battle carried on at spiritual levels and we proved too weak and too inept to wage it successfully. We succumbed to the anti-spiritual forces that had been let loose. The higher impulses that had played on human consciousness were reacted to but they were reacted to on the material plane and misinterpreted as relating to earthly man instead of his spiritual self. This is why so-called progressive movements believe themselves to be at the vanguard of humanity. They have responded to the real progressive impulses but they have done so in a regressive manner, from the lower self, and they have corrupted and debased that which should have carried us forward into a new age of spiritual understanding. We can go so far as to say that the thought forms of many intellectuals were demonically inspired.
The dreams of those who thought we would be entering the Age of Aquarius in the new millennium have turned out to be vain false imaginings, in no small part because many of the proponents of this idea thought they could be spiritual without being Christian, perhaps because this does not demand the full recognition that one is a sinner in need of redemption. While there may be a Golden Age in the future I very much doubt present humanity will be here to see it. We really are not worthy. Repentance is always possible but the last twenty years has shown that to be extremely unlikely, certainly in the mass - individuals are a different matter. Steiner's thought that "in the souls of human beings who unite intelligence with spirituality in their hearts the Archangel's Michael's battle will be fought out to victory" still applies on an individual level. So, for those of us who recognise the signs of the times all we need do now, all we can do now, is watch and pray in the sure knowledge that God is there even in this most testing of times.