Saturday, January 15, 2011

Rudolf Steiner: Cause of schizophrenia is improper soul-development

Let us take an example which has been emphasised before and which can be found in my little work The Education of the Child in the Light of Anthroposophy. There it says that the child up to the seventh year of age primarily feels the impulse in all its actions to imitate. Then, between the changing of the teeth and puberty, its development is characterised by what might be called “orientating oneself according to an authority” or acting according to the impression made on us by another person. Let us assume that these two stages of imitation and bowing to authority are ignored. If no account is taken of them the outer body, instead of becoming an instrument of the soul, will develop irregularly and the soul will then no longer have the opportunity in the consecutive periods of human development to affect in the correct way the irregular nature of the outer human being and interact with it. Then, when the human being enters a new stage of development at significant periods in human life, we see that to a certain degree a member of his being may have fallen behind if these rules are not observed. Ignoring this law lies at the basis of schizophrenia, dementia praecox. By ignoring the correct processes in earlier periods dementia praecox can arise as disharmony between the inner and outer human being, a symptom of belated imitation.

One of the more interesting statements of the above excerpt is "the soul will then no longer have the opportunity in the consecutive periods of human development to affect in the correct way the irregular nature of the outer human being and interact with it." It seems to me that this loose connection between the body and soul would provide an opportunity for the Spirits of Darkness to step in and take over. As I wrote in a previous entry, this crime was so monstrous and inhuman (on par with what Satanists routinely/ritually perpetrate in the "war on terror" zone) that it had the same quality as Andrea Yates' methodical murder of all of her children, which I attributed to the Spirits of Darkness. Because of the confused nature of a schizophrenic's mind, the signs of such influence would be very difficult or impossible to detect, although there are some possible signs, such as his expressed interest in nihilism ("a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless"), and in sowing chaos, which is one influence of the Spirits of Darkness. (Clearly, if there were an intelligence agency behind this atrocity - which essentially kicked off Obama's 2012 campaign - Loughner's well-known attitude would have made him a prime choice for their zombie killer, and the timing was just right to turn it into a media event: the winter, when Tucson's a good place to be.) His choice of reading material might have opened the door to the influence of the Spirits of Darkness, considering that Nietzsche acted as Satan's stenographer, essentially, at times.