Editor’s Note: Thank you to Cherry How from Camphill Clanabogan in Northern Ireland. Cherry, a member of the Camphill Archives group shared passages on community living, which she uncovered while in Stourbridge, England, in recent months. She shared with us in the last issue a passage written by Thomas Weihs in 1971, a very worthwhile read which speaks of the iron rule for community living. The passages, wrote Cherry, are an “example of the thrills which can come when we explore the past, and a demonstration of the value of the work of the Karl Kӧnig and Camphill Archives in discovering and preserving our history and treasures like this.” Below, a passage from Anke Weihs:
“We are all greater than we are, but hardly anyone in the world can unfold even a measure of his potential were there not something to call this potential forth. In the Camphill Community, we wanted to be a circle of people in which each individual was seen – at least in glimpses and at times – in his true colors and powers, in his potential greatness, and it grew to be a strong experience and often a matter of urgency that the development of the other towards his higher self was more important than one’s own.
One might say that the Fundamental Social Law formulated by Rudolf Steiner for economic life was transposed into the sphere of human living together – that in directing my will and my concern vigorously to the emergence of the higher self in the other, I could rest assured that he would in turn do for me what I could not do for myself, that is, summon forth my own higher potential; because we cannot summon ourselves, we have to be summoned. All human development is in response to challenge. The love that can accrue in communities in which all this becomes a practice, a discipline, is a magic love which can move mountains.”
– ANKE WEIHS
Thomas and Anke Weihs, courtesy of Richard Steel.