Prophetic Words from 1911
We must especially beware of attending too much in any era to what emerges as authority. As long as we lack spiritual insight, this can seriously mislead us.
This is particularly true in one area of human culture: the field of materialistic medicine. Here we can discern the decisive influence of authority, and the ever increasing claim to authority, which is in fact far, far more dreadful than any kind of medieval tyranny.
We find ourselves in the midst of this tendency, which will keep increasing. People may mock ghosts of medieval superstition, but we can ask if anything much has changed. Has the fear of ghosts faded? Aren’t people more afraid of ghosts than they were back then?
In America statistics have been calculated about how many such basilican be found in a man’s mustache. At least the ghosts of medieval times were, one might say, decent ghosts; but modern bacilli-ghosts are too minuscule to grapple with. The fear invoked by them is only just beginning, and leads, in health matters, to people succumbing to really terrible authority.
-Rudolf Steiner, The mission of the New Spirit Revelation, January 5, 1911