As I go through my day, I often mull over possible blog posts. While I’m washing dishes, while I’m driving the kids to daycare, while I’m scanning through emails. (I know, I’m not doing a good job being in the moment. I’ll get there eventually.)
I was mulling over a new post relating to a health article I just read on my feed reader. Then I came across something much more important and compelling, and an odd case of synchronicity, as well.
This morning I have been editing some Steiner lectures. While otherwise quite esoteric–the lecture cycle is called Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature–and specific (talking about the mineral kingdom and how it is formed by the spiritual hierarchies), the end of the lecture I edited today took a more encompassing turn:
In a real way we will attain love and peace and harmony, if we direct our vision away from the concerns of Earth that divide humanity into races, nations, and religions and direct it toward the starry heavens, where spirits speak the same language to us through all eternity—the same language for every human soul, for every human heart, if only we understand it rightly. (Helsinki, 14 April 1912)
Then in my iGoogle news feed, I came across an article on the speech Barack Obama made yesterday regarding race in America. I read the entire transcript, and I was blown away by how inspiring his words were. (And even more inspired that he apparently wrote the thing himself the evening before. I’m very skeptical that the current holder of the Oval Office has ever done could do that.) In the speech I found this gem, which corresponds neatly with what Steiner was getting at almost 100 years ago:
In the end, then, what is called for is nothing more, and nothing less, than what all the world’s great religions demand – that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Let us be our brother’s keeper, Scripture tells us. Let us be our sister’s keeper. Let us find that common stake we all have in one another, and let our politics reflect that spirit as well.
Steiner wrote and spoke many times about how thinking along the lines of races, nations, and any separations between human beings as being things of the past. That we need to find what is universal, what can join us together as human beings. It seems that Mr. Obama is saying the same thing, in a much less esoteric and more topical form.