“Materialism can never offer a satisfactory explanation of the world. For every attempt at an explanation must begin with the formation of thoughts about the phenomena of the world. Materialism thus begins with the thought of matter or material processes. But, in doing so, it is already confronted by two different sets of facts: the material world, and the thoughts about it. The materialist seeks to make these latter intelligible by regarding them as purely material processes. He believes that thinking takes place in the brain.
“What of the spiritualistic theory? The genuine spiritualist denies to matter all independent existence and regards it merely as a product of spirit. But when he tries to use this theory to solve the riddle of his own human nature, he finds himself driven into a corner. Over against the “I” or Ego, which can be ranged on the side of spirit, there stands directly the world of the senses. No spiritual approach to it seems open. Only with the help of material processes can it be perceived and experienced by the “I”.”
The Material Path
The path of materialism has been followed by most for centuries. By now, it should be obvious that this path doesn’t really lead anywhere. It’s a circular path. It’s running in the exercise wheel and never really moving at all.
For starters, this is the path of Darwin’s “Survival of the fittest”. Which means that only a small percentage of people following this path can succeed at it. A philosophy one sees promoted a lot these days is that abundance is available to all. We can all be wealthy if we just wish for it hard enough. This is a complete lie intended to placate the dissatisfied who have worked hard for many years with almost no progress.
More importantly, the size of your pile of material possessions doesn’t actually show your worth. When you die, they become other peoples property. So their benefit to you is temporary, at best. In many cases, they are not a benefit at all but anchors preventing your spiritual growth.
The Spiritual Path
Mr. Steiner correctly notes that a path of pure spiritual development is just as ineffective. A person who works only on spiritual development and ignores his material side is likely to end up suffering in the world of matter. He might be homeless, starving, and suffering from various physical illnesses. Such a person is likely to die young having not really achieved much spiritual development anyway. So this is not a great path to choose either. Continue reading “A balanced Path for a Happy Life”