Anthroposophy as Living Inquiry
Ubuntu Learning is an educational initiative for those with a longing for a practical
understanding of Anthroposophy that meets the need for personal growth and professional development.
Anthroposophy, meaning the wisdom of the human being, is a science of the spirit – a necessary complement to natural science.
It is a philosophy, people of many cultures and religions, including those with no religion, have found it useful in expanding their sense of what it means to be a human being.
Ubuntu is a Southern African word that means interconnected humanity, something like, “I am because we are.”
The essence of being human is our relationship to other human beings.
Ubuntu is an expression we feel beautifully captures the spirit of our current times,
what Rudolf Steiner calls the consciousness soul era,
which is grounded in the idea of coevolution, of interdependence and mutuality.
Ubuntu Learning offers experiences that seek to engage and exercise
empathy in the manner Rudolf Steiner suggested …
Empathy is awakened in the right manner if we take an interest in a being; and if, as anthroposophists, we set ourselves the task of extending our interests more and more and of widening our mental horizon. This will promote the universal brotherhood and sisterhood of mankind. Progress is not gained by the mere preaching of universal love, but by the extension of our interests further and further, so that we interest ourselves more and more in souls with widely different characters, racial and national particularities, with widely different temperaments, and holding widely differing religious and philosophical views, and then approach them with understanding. Right interest, right understanding, calls forth from the soul the right moral actions.
R. Steiner’s Lecture on St. Francis, Anthroposophical Ethics (1912, Lecture 3)