Friday, 31 October 2014

The lecture as a medium for spiritual awakening

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Continued from:

http://charltonteaching.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/rudolf-steiner-and-power-of-lecture.html

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If there is to be a possibility of a mass Christian revival (or, some other form of Christian revival) - I think it would be more likely to happen by the medium of lecturing, rather than from books, TV or the internet.

There is a gross underestimation of the power, the potency, of the lecture. It is regarded as all-but obsolete. Yet hard historical evidence shows that, in the right (or wrong) hands; the lecture - reliant upon the power of a person and his words, with an attentive audience, happening here and now - has power to create and sustain new movements.

And this has happened, and could happen, very quickly, and under the radar - since face to face lectures are outwith the tyranny and distortions of the mass media.

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Such a movement is in principle as likely to be wicked as good; Antichrist-ian, as well as Christian.

But now purposive evil holds the megaphone of the mass media, and has groomed the mass population into a very complete state of addiction - a population now scarcely able to tear themselves away from the drip-feed of stimulus, intolerant of solitude, unable to concentrate - so there is little reason for the dark forces to look elsewhere.

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By 'lecture' I am not talking about demagogues haranguing vast crowds by use of electronic amplification, video screens, visual gimmicks etc - that stuff is mass entertainment, part of the mainstream mass media.

I am talking about face to face communications in a room where the participants are in direct visual and auditory contact, when all can look into the eyes of the other - dozens of people; not hundreds.

A travelling lecturer, and the triggering of new lecturers (lecture upon lecture, snowballing) may lead to extreme rates of growth; and as with all exponential processes - by the time the new movement is first noticed as significant, it will already be large, and have developed considerable momentum.

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The mass media is the major locus, focus and enforcer of evil (that is, the destruction of Good) in the world today; but it could be by-passed - and suddenly swept aside, in the lives of many; by something very like a lecture.
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