THE MYSTERY OF THE EARTH
Essays in the Time of Coronavirus
“Rudolf Steiner himself did not just comment critically about the out-of-hand ‘fear of bacilli’ or the ‘obsession with hygiene’ as ‘modern superstition,’ but also warned about the dangerous reality of ‘pathogens of the worst kind’ that could become ‘destroyers of human life’ and bring with ‘dreadful epidemics’.”
This volume gathers a collection of essays on the medical, sociopolitical, and spiritual dimensions of the Covid crisis, written by Peter Selg between Easter and Pentecost 2020. He offers these essays as a means of orientation and of “explorations” (in Paul Celan’s meaning). The author emphasizes in his preface, however, that representatives of Anthroposophy nevertheless have an obligation to speak out on the subject:
“If they silence or censor themselves because they do not want to seem in any way negative as a result of their critical reflections, or because even ‘before corona’ they quickly became the target of various accusations, they lose nothing less than the justification for their existence, their inner identity and credibility, as well as their ‘historical conscience’—the crucial meaning of which Rudolf Steiner pointed to time and again and not without reason.”
PETER SELG was born in 1963 in Stuttgart. He studied medicine in Witten-Herdecke, Zurich, and Berlin and, until 2000, worked as the head physician of the juvenile psychiatry department of Herdecke Hospital in Germany. Dr. Selg is director of the Ita Wegman Institute for Basic Research into Anthroposophy (Arlesheim, Switzerland) and professor of medicine at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (Germany). He lectures extensively and is the author of numerous books on Rudolf Steiner, Spiritual Science, and the development of culture and consciousness, many of which have been translated and published in English. He is married with five children.
2 November 2021; SB; 152pp; 22 x 14 cm; pb;
£15.99 ISBN 9781621482567