Rudolf Steiner - who was speaking here about cultivating “active idealism” - i.e. taking true interest in the souls of others.
Human relationships would be infinitely simpler if the question of right and wrong played no part in them. Being right condemns one’s soul to a considerable degree…
Being right makes little or no difference in a social tableau, but being interested in the other person makes an enormous difference to every individual in society. Interest makes us stronger…The question of right and wrong becomes one of alleviating suffering. We all suffer but we can all help, perhaps just by listening with interest.”
(and sometimes the scapegoat is ourselves)
- Peter Roth, from Worlds in the Mirror
Roth was active in the Camphill Movement - an initiative based on the work of Rudolf Steiner (and his predecessor, Karl Koenig) - which houses, works with and for adults and children with so-called learning disabilities and mental health problems. I write “so-called,” because in the Camphill view, there is no “normal.” At Camphill, participants don’t work hide residents away or try to “fix” them, but rather to respects and understand each person as a fully individual human being. There are 119 Camphill communities in the world at present.
My fav quote so far from the Living Thinking tumblr.
“In the same measure which we gain wisdom, we help not only ourselves, but indirectly the world also.
And in the same measure in which we unfold loving, devout feelings, we help the world in a direct way, for love and devoutness act as creative forces in the universe.”
In other words - since for Steiner/anthroposophy, thoughts are as real and important and as much a part of the universe as material - turning our thoughts and hearts toward love allows more of the universe to be love. More of it is made up of lovingness - and so different pathways and possibilities are opened, just as surely as the creation of more food allows more of us to eat.
RIP John Bruno, prolific gay porn director and sweet, funny fellow. He usually had a boyish, mischievous grin on his face, and a dirty thought in his head.
He was talented and had a huge heart.
John got me my big break in gay porn - shooting my first scene with Josh West for his studio, Massive, and we went on to work together many times after that for Massive, JetSet, and Mustang.
I loved working with him, everyone loved working with him.
He took his own life two nights ago. Whenever someone takes his/her own life, it sends a bolt of sadness into the world. But John, instead of being sad, we’re going to remember the love we all had for you. If you couldn’t feel it in your life, we’re sorry, and we’re all sending it to you now. We’ll always think of you with gratitude and affection.
One year ago today, my friend, second mom, and teacher, the biologist Lynn Margulis, died. Here’s me with her just a few weeks before her fatal stroke - standing outside her home in Amherst, MA. I love you Lynn, and I’m so thankful for your presence in my life. The world continues to be blessed by your massive and trailblazing body of work. For more on her, click the photo.