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RICHARD SEDDON studied moral sciences (philosophy, ethics, logic and psychology) with Bertrand Russell and John Wisdom - an advocate and colleague of Ludwig Wittgenstein - at Cambridge. He spent his working life as a personnel manager. A student of anthroposophy for many decades, he is the author of several books including The Future of Humanity, Philosophy as an Approach to the Spirit, Europa, Mani, and The Mystery of Arthur at Tintagel.
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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing (August 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902636295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902636290
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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This book gives on outline from Rudolf Steiner's many lectures regarding the future of humanity. Despite it being an outline, the contents are fairly difficult to understand for those who have not read Steiner's basic works, particularly An Outline of Esoteric Science. However, serious students of Spiritual Science will find it helpful when reading Steiner's works which require this background.
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I have to stop reading Anthroposophical literature. Seriously. Richard Seddon's "The future of humanity and the Earth as foreseen by Rudolf Steiner" is filled with the usual bizarre speculations, woven together in an unwieldy cosmology almost impossible to get straight.

So what does the future have in store, then? Well, we will see both the incarnation of Ahriman (an evil demon) and the Maitreya Buddha (the good guy), machines spewing forth literal demons, and an "apocalypse" during which the Moon will re-unite with the Earth. The Moon, although somehow ruled by Yahweh, is apparently the home of a ghastly brood of spiderlike, interlocked automata with cold intellects but no feelings (like the Borg in Star Trek, perhaps?). These will overrun Earth in the last days, but a small group of people gathered somewhere in the East shall see the etheric Christ in all his splendour and be saved.

This, however, is not the end of the story. It becomes progressively less and less comprehensible, as the Earth itself reincarnates as a new Jupiter. The place will be a literal Hell for those who were ill-behaved during their earthly existence: "They are slimy, far more repulsive than snails, exuding a crust softer than snakeskin, a kind of scaly harness". Apparently, they can only live in swamps, where they breath excessive heat and foul smells. The good people, on the other hand, will reach the Vulcan incarnation, turn into angels and create new planets and suns with their divine energies. Then, they will ascend even higher, into realms that cannot be described by earthly language.

Good grief.

As I said, I really must stop reading Rudolf Steiner's works, and those of his followers.

Next week: The wonderful world of Madame Blavatsky! :P
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