Perhaps we would do better to say: human beings who wish to be ideal! But here we must first of all very carefully exclude all those who already consider themselves or would like to be considered as such, but who cannot even be classed with those who wish to be ideal. They form the large class of sentimental dreamers of both sexes, to which must also be added persons gifted with imagination, who never could learn to control their gift and make good use of it. We must also exclude those who are always dissatisfied with existing conditions, and who attribute their dissatisfaction to the fact that they tend to be more idealistic than all others and therefore do not fit in with their time. Then there is the great number of the so-called “misunderstood” of both sexes, of which girls and women form the greater majority. People of this type imagine that they are misunderstood. In plain English they live continually under the illusion that they possess valuable treasures which the other person with whom they happen to be associated at the time is unable to recognize. In reality, however, there is no treasure at all hidden in these souls, merely an inexhaustible source of endless wishes that can never be satisfied.
One can safely and simply call all these so-called misunderstood people “useless” people, because they prove how useless they are for proper life in the present time, being addicted only to what is unreal, and to some extent even frivolous. They always incline to what is unsuitable for a healthy life on earth. Unfortunately the path of these eternally misunderstood girls and women very frequently leads to a life commonly described as “frivolous” and immoral, because they only too gladly, too readily and too often let themselves be “consoled” which is well known and unscrupulously exploited by a certain type of man. The fact is that these misunderstood people are and will always remain unreliable in every respect. They think themselves idealistic, but they are completely worthless, so that a serious person who harbors no bad intentions had better avoid them. Trying to help them would be of no avail. Almost invariably it will be “comforters” with evil intentions who approach them. Here the reciprocal action quickly falls back upon them, for upon the breast or in the arms of a so-called comforter the misunderstood girl or woman will again feel “misunderstood” after a few days or weeks, and will once more long to be understood, for in fact she does not really know what she wants. Finally, added to all these useless groups, is the group of harmless dreamers! Apparently as harmless as children. But such a dreamer is only harmless in his effect upon himself and his own person, but is not so harmless in regard to his own environment and all the people he meets. On many people mere conversation with such a person immediately acts like a slow, corroding poison, destructive and consuming, because by developing his ideas he is able to tear his listeners out of their normal and therefore healthy life, and lead them into the realm of what is unsuitable and unreal for their time on earth. However, be it noted: I do not say such a dreamer is impure or even bad. On the contrary he may have the best intentions, but it will always be something that is unreal for the earth, unfeasible in practice, and therefore his influence is not furthering, but hindering and destructive to life on earth.
But even among the remaining people who are “striving for the ideal” we must make a further distinction and, observing keenly, we will then still find two types: those who are only “longing for the ideal” and those who are really striving towards the ideal. Those longing for the ideal are mostly weaklings who are always longing for something which can never be attained, at least not on earth, and who, therefore, can never be really happy or even joyful. They are close to the group of the “misunderstood” and in time they fall prey to a morbid sensitivity which leads to nothing good. Having thus keenly sifted them, we must now, figuratively speaking, look for the remaining few with a lantern in broad daylight; they are this scarce. Even these few cannot be called “ideal human beings,” but as I have already said they are people who “strive towards the ideal.” Striving towards the ideal, as a personal quality, which is active on earth. These then are the people who can be regarded as having full value, who have a great, often mighty goal in view, but who never allow themselves to live in the clouds. They keep both feet firmly planted on the ground, so as not to lose themselves in what is unreal for life here on earth. With sound outlook and skilled hand they strive step by step towards their far-reaching goal without harming anybody undeservedly. Whatever benefit is brought about by such people will seldom be confined to single individuals. There is no question of their taking unfair advantage of anyone, as that would not justify their title of “striving towards the ideal.” And every human being should and could strive towards the ideal, no matter what his occupation here on earth. In doing so he can ennoble every kind of work and give it a grand goal, only he must never forget to keep everything within the framework of life on earth. If he goes beyond that it becomes unreal and therewith unsound for this earth. The result is that progress which is the basic condition and mark of all that strives towards the ideal can never be achieved. It is man’s duty on earth to set himself the highest attainable goal, and to strive for this goal with all the powers at his disposal. As a human being! This excludes from the beginning that, like an animal, he should merely trouble himself about food and drink as, unfortunately, many men do; or let himself be whipped by the intellect into striving only for worldly greatness or fame without keeping in view as the main purpose the general welfare and advancement of mankind. All such people have less value on earth than the animals, because an animal is always completely and unaffectedly what it is meant to be, even if it only serves to keep other creatures on the alert so that no debilitating slackness sets in, which might lead to decline and disintegration, for movement is a vital condition of life in Creation. The alert person who really strives towards the ideal can be recognized by his efforts to uplift existing things on earth, not in the intellectual sense of increasing power and position, but towards ennobling them! All his ideas will possess the possibility of being realized on earth, and will bring gain to the individual as well as to mankind in general. But those who only wish to be ideal wallow in ideas that cannot possibly be put into practice in a sound earth-life. On the contrary these ideas merely divert them and draw them into a dream world, with the harmful result that they neglect to make use of the present time for the maturing of the spirit, which everyone is to cultivate and develop through the experiences of the present.
Strictly speaking those people who hold idealist-communist thoughts are dangerous to mankind, because the realization of their ideas would only bring about unhealthy conditions, although they themselves only want what is good. They are like builders who carefully construct a house in their building yard which is to be put up elsewhere. It looks trim and beautiful... in the building yard. But when erected on the actual site it stands unsteady and askew so that nobody can live in it, for the ground there is uneven and it is impossible to level it in spite of the greatest efforts and exertions. The builders had forgotten to take this into account. They neglected to properly evaluate the exact conditions prevailing at the site of erection! One truly striving for the ideal would not do this!
When put into practice ideal-communistic ideas cannot grow up from such a foundation, nor can they be anchored in or connected with it, because this foundation, human beings, are not suited to it! It is too uneven, and will always remain so, because a uniform maturity of all men on earth cannot be achieved. There will always be a great variation in the respective level of maturity of human beings, because spiritually, individuals are and will remain completely independent personalities who can only develop in different ways, since the free will to decide for themselves shall never be taken from these spirit-persons! For the outside the hitherto free will has been taken from mankind in the great cosmic turning point through the incarnation on earth of the Will of God who, quite naturally, now has to rule over the will of man, because He stands above it and is stronger than it! Each individual can only inwardly decide one more time regarding his spiritual path that will lead him to the Light of preservation or to the darkness of decomposition! Now try to recognize the people who truly strive for the ideal here on earth, and support their work, because their up-building activity will only bring benefit. —