During the first weekend of December, around 60 people gathered online and at local hubs in 7 world locations to research “Questions of Belonging”. The event was co-created with Bert ten Brinke (Casa Santa Isabel) and Menna Saed (Theatre for Transformation) in response to some young people’s request to know what Anthroposophy has to say today about identity aspects like gender and sexuality. Quickly on during the planning process, the organisers realized that the questions were much deeper and wider, including all sorts of notions connected to our human identity, our physical bodies and social realities. This is why the concept “belonging” arose, as a space in which to explore all the elements that constitute and bound us in our incarnation, but that also enable us to transcend the given and create ourselves anew.
Following contributions by Constanza Kaliks on “Belonging”, Menna Saed on “Theatre for Co-Resilience”, Ronja Eis and Till Hoeffner on “Identity Between the Individual and Structures” and Mariano Kasanetz on “Destiny and the Shaping of Identity”, participants worked and conversed with each other to try to arrive at new thoughts and reflections. In plenum sessions, we put our ideas in common and try to understand each others’ perspectives. A report will be compiled early next year including reflections of the participants.
Watch the four guiding thought-lectures below!
If you see each person as their own humanity, as their own higher individuality, the concepts that we use to divide people on identity, fall apart. Seeing the beauty of culture and of belonging of the physical things that we are given fully frees you to perceive each individual in their full individuality, in their full identity. […] The cultural traumas that we inherit, but also the gifts that we inherit, we can choose whether or not we work with them. And one of these cultural traumas we inherit is politics based upon identity. Jim Crow, Apartheid, are things that are based on concepts of race and gender that are no longer appropriate. In order to move beyond that, we have to transform in ourselves the way we see people, rather than fall back into identity politics. Strengthening the I-forces in ourselves to be able to perceive others in their highest humanity in their highest I. And once you have that capacity, our old concepts of race, gender, and all these things that are real realities but are distorted in the modern world, they fall away.” YIP Participants, Sweden