Effects of Criticism

Learning to be the interested observer is an important task for us at this time. Rudolf Steiner states this clearly:
“But every criticism, every adverse judgment passed, disperses the powers of the soul for the attainment of higher knowledge in the same measure that all veneration and reverence develops them. […]
If I meet a man and blame him for his shortcomings, I rob myself of power to attain higher knowledge; but if I try to enter lovingly into his merits, I gather such power.” Knowledge of the Higher Worlds. How Is Knowledge of the Higher Worlds Attained? Chapter 1

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