Cultural/spiritualÃŸÃ rights-consciousnessÃŸÃ the economy
(If, in all of the above, it appears that the political/rights sphere is considerably reduced in size in the threefold social organism, it is only because we are so used to government being so terribly entangled in activities that are of no real concern to rights-consciousness. But there are many areas where it could do more. Besides removing land and labor from the economic circuit mentioned before, the rights sphere is charged with the printing of money. And what the circulation of blood is to the physical body, so money is to the social body. The rights sphere should be there to prevent the congestion and hemorrhaging of money in any one area. One way to facilitate this would be by printing money that would reflect its actual tri-fold use—-as purchase, loan and gift. Rather than the arbitrary fluctuations of inflation and deflation that we experience today, money could be consciously made to grow ‘younger’ or ‘older’ depending on which area of the social organism it was being used in. Art, science, religion, education and medicine cannot really be ‘purchased’, nor even ‘consumed’ in an economic sense. Technically speaking, all money that flows to the cultural/spiritual sphere goes there as gift, and it should be printed to reflect this quality. It is interesting to note that, unlike purchase money and loan money, gift money actually gives the greatest ‘return’ on its investment.)
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Samuel Hahnemann lived just at the close of a wonderful chapter in the cultural/spiritual life of humanity—-German Idealism. Leaving aside all the wonderful, almost incomparable music that was composed at that time, cultural life had reached a certain apotheosis. Just to name Goethe, Schiller, Schelling, Hegel, Lessing, Fichte, Herder, Heine, Novalis and von Humboldt is to begin to get a sense for what was stirring in Central Europe in the 17th, 18th and the beginning of the 19th Centuries. Human beings had begun to grasp the Spirit in pure ideas, and the cup of art and science overflowed with practical insights into the nature of man and the world. To exaggerate in order to make the point: one could call Goethe (with his ‘primal phenomenon’) the Hahnemann of natural science, just as one could call Hahnemann the Goethe of medicine. And what Hegel’s The Phenomenology of the Spirit did for history, and von Humboldt’s Limits of State Action did for political science, Hahnemann’s Organon of the Rational Healing Art did for medicine, Everywhere, an exuberance of spiritual striving! One would have thought a Golden Age had arrived…
Alas! Just one hundred years later—-fascism and the Third Reich!
And then, later, further ignominy: an Iron Curtain was to run through the center of it!
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Over two centuries ago, in a colonial backwater, a clarion call for freedom rang out in the eloquent prose of the Declaration of Independence and in the first ten amendments to the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights. Born in self-righteous indignation, freedom became the demand of a people seeking their direction, not from outside, but from within themselves. The United States of America for most of 200 years has been a beacon of democracy abroad and a haven of liberty at home. (For the most part; there are still troubling exceptions.)
Having risen to the surface from out of the depths of the social history of mankind, freedom has now become the watchword for all human cultural-striving. And that is just the point: a prescient intuition tells us that freedom is intimately connected to what is most human in us—-that our very humanity depends upon it—-and that to settle for anything less is to revert back to the nursery of the theocratic past. This is why it is sought so vigorously and defended so jealously for without it we feel that we are not yet fully human adults, capable of making independent judgements about our experiences in the world. And just as we expect this for ourselves, we should grant it to others. If the two documents just mentioned above are to be taken seriously, then the concepts of rights and of freedom should be esteemed and valued above the law; more, they should be held above the State itself. They are connected today to what may be called ‘The Universal Human’.
Every age is an age of transition, and today is no exception. In every age, something momentous always hangs in the balance, for what was once gained may easily be lost, and what was once considered precious may slip through the fingers like sand. The bell of liberty rings today at the edge of an abyss. May hands and heart and head give ear to it!
@ Robert Stewart
Point Lookout, New York