I received the following query this morning. I have the same quotation 
he refers to in my files, and have often wondered about the full text of 
the radio broadcast, which I, too, have been unable to find. I think I 
posted a query about this once before, several years ago. Perhaps it is 
time to try again. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Greg Foster, PhD
Listowner, TSE: The T. S. Eliot List

"Fine art is the refinement, not the antithesis, of popular art." --Eliot

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Subject: 	Eliot and Rudolf Steiner
Date: 	Thu, 19 Jan 2006 10:11:17 +0000 (GMT)
From: 	Gary Lachman <[log in to unmask]>
To: 	[log in to unmask]

Dear Mr. Foster,

I wonder if you can help me. I am trying to locate a source for some
remarks about the Austrian spiritual teacher Rudolf Steiner made by T.S.
Eliot during a radio broadcast on September 26, 1959, for
Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk. Here is the quotation:

      "I think that the present time will spontaneously lead to something
like the separation of individual human beings from time's events. They
will stand on their own feet, and from their innermost being they will
seek new paths, spiritual paths.
       It seems to me that Goethe, for example, had a compass of
consciousness which far surpassed that of his nineteenth century
contemporaries. Rudolf Steiner expressly upheld this, and I do too.
       In a certain connection, atomic science has a meaning, namely
inasmuch as it is in the hands of men who are in no way able to cope
with it. It has no importance whatever for the progress of mankind. I
see the path of progress for modern man in his occupation with his own
self, with his inner being, as indicated by Rudolf Steiner."

      This is taken from a book, /Beyond the Occult/, by Colin Wilson
(Bantam Press: London, 1988) pp. 335-336. Unfortunately, the author
sites no reference.

      I would appreciate any help you might be able to offer.
Many thanks,

Gary Lachman
83 Royal College Street
London NW1 0SE

"A man can go mad from one ash tray"

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