In addition to serving as a school for training biographical counselors and biographical development, Hotam School is a center of a learning community exercising an ongoing process of creation and development. As such, a major topic centers on the intricate relations of the individual and the community in modern society, and the creation of the new community, as was described by Steiner. We deal with this issue with our students as well as within our community and conduct relevant workshops and lectures to Waldorf schools’ colloquiums per request. (An English translation of Orna’s article entitled “Individual & the Community- Image & Imagination”, that was published in the Israeli Anthroposophical Journal “Adam – Olam”, is available).
We propose a work-shop on that topic.
During the course of the workshop, we will aim to present the resemblance between biographical processes of the individual and those of a group or community. We will compare between the four-fold human articulations: the physical body, the etheric body, the astral body, and the “I” – and the gradual developing processes within the group.
We will touch upon the anti-social leaning that characterizes our time, the era of the ‘Consciousness – Soul’ – we have to recognize and acknowledge it as a natural tendency which should serve as a basis for change and growth.
In addition, we will point out the importance of understanding individual development throughout life and the changes one goes through, as a way to build a new community, that regards the individual as such, rather than as merely a limb of an organ that only sanctifies goals that should be achieved by its members.
Finally, we will show that the route for building a modern community is generated through the metamorphosis of its members, according to their age and that of the group as a whole, in order to create a moral community that is driven by free spiritual impulses.
The workshop will be comprised of lectures, active participation of the attending audience, through their personal biography and community experience and art exercises.
“Just as little as a pendulum can swing to one side only, can social impulses of men be expressed by only one side. This is because the social impulses are quite naturally opposed by anti-social impulses in the human being. Precisely because one finds social impulses or drives in human nature, one also finds the opposite..
It would not be possible for mankind in the present to accomplish its task if just these anti-social forces did not become ever more powerful; they are indeed the pillars on which personal independence rests…
For men to progress properly, anti-social forces must develop. In earlier periods the development of the anti-social forces was not the spiritual bread of humanity’s evolution. There was therefore no need to establish a counter-force. Indeed none was set. In our day, when a person on his own account, for his individual self, must evolve antisocial forces, which are evolving because man is now subjected to this evolution against which nothing will prevail, there must also come about that with which man resists them: a social structure which will balance this anti-social evolutionary tendency. The anti-social forces must work inwardly so that human beings may reach the height of their development. Outwardly, in social life, structures must work so that people do not totally lose their outer connections in life. Hence the social demands of the present. They can in a certain sense be seen as the demand for a justified outer balance to the inward, essentially anti-social evolutionary tendency of humanity”
- Steiner, Esoteric Studies, Volume 1. Social and Antisocial Forces in the Human Being, GA 186.