What Do I Mean by Will?

Will arises from sympathy. Will is, we might say, another aggregate state of sympathy: consolidated or condensed sympathy, which turns into action through consolidation.

Will ‹is› indeed in essence sympathy or – to put it loftily – love of the world. However, not love of the world in order to appropriate the world but for the sake of the world itself. Will is indeed ‹power›, but a very special power, namely a variant of the power of sympathy.

From Valentin Wember, Willenserziehung – 60 Pedagogical Statements from Rudolf Steiners. Tübingen 2014.

Graphic Sofia Lismont Translation Christian von Arnim

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