The first Weekend in March at the February Days. Theme: “Thinking as a spiritual activity. Consciousness and Community Building.”

c48ef0365aThe disposition of a young generation was reflected at the meeting. This young generation no longer inherits the art of phrasing questions, but tries in a precise and conscientious way to develop its own path. The basic experience is that of the thinking as a world-forming process in which the development of one’s consciousness implies an active conscientiousness of the other. Nicholaus Cusanus (1401–1464) and Christian Morgenstern (1871–1914) are sources of inspiration for this kind of work. The philosophic-spiritual and poetic approaches were explored in lectures by Harald Schwaetzer, Christiane Haid and Constanza Kaliks. Nourished by different texts–“De visione dei” by Cusanus and “Die zur Wahrheit wandern” by Morgenstern–a notable congruent structure was found by the participants. One can only go on the path to the initiation of the self in solitude. By practising leading my lonely self actively through a moment of death, I can learn from that self education (epistemologically, an experience of the “I”) to see the other in its own self awareness. Out of this cognitive experience can the lonely
“truth searching fellow” find himself again in the wonderful picture that Morgenstern paints at the end of his poem:

“but he who is fulfilled completely
reaches the star,
and creates, Christianizing himself,
a new foundation for God–
saluted by the eternal fellowship of the brothers and sisters.”

Johanna Lamprecht is a music student in Bremen (D) and in Switzerland.
First printed in ‘Das Goetheanum’ Issue 11 · March 2014