We are called to live with Ahriman in the right way
If Anthroposophy were brought in a fanatical manner, if Anthroposophy were ascetic and austere, it would naturally result in a whole thunder against electricity. All this would obviously be meaningless, because only a worldview that does not come to terms with reality would express itself in this way.
One could say: oh, this is arimanic! Stay away from it! - but it's actually possible to say it in an abstract way. Since when such a sectarian group of this kind has been organized, and when some protection has been contracted against Ahriman, one would still go down the stairs and then take an electric tram.
So all this ranting against Ahriman, no matter how holy it may seem, will be - pass me this trivial expression - absolute rubbish. So you can't close your eyes to the fact that you have to live with Ahriman. It is only that one must live with him in the right way: one must not allow him to overwhelm us.
- Rudolf Steiner, GA220, Conference XII°, January 28, 1923, Dornach, "Living Knowledge of Nature. Man's intellectual fall into sin and his overcoming through the Spirit".
Consumerism was born on the inspiration of Ahriman and his hosts: their spiritual action consists in the oblivion of man's spiritual homeland. It has strengthened since the Second Industrial Revolution, when we understand how "the progress of the future" lies in the use of electricity and oil, both in a certain sense linked to the coming of Ahriman. From that moment, especially with the industrial use of fossil fuels, and the progressive disappearance of steam technology, technology is preparing to become progressively independent from human evolution and therefore, it is man who becomes part of the industrial system supported by machines. The machines thus produce goods in mass, so that their value falls, and everyone can start buying goods in large quantities at a lower cost. At the same time, "luxury" is born for the wealthier classes who wanted to stand out. This is the age of the external objects, which thus replace the internal human contents.
The cry of the Ahrimanic entities could be characterized as:
God is dead Rudolf Steiner: Ahriman (1922-23)
This is their nefarious interpretation of a spiritual fact necessary for human evolution, as Nietzsche had correctly understood it, albeit with a twilight consciousness. The evolution of the human Self together with Lucifer's "gift" of solitude, which is also freedom, has led to materialism, which is instead a "gift" of Ahriman. Just as Lucifer opened the door to Ahriman, so Ahriman opened the door to the Asura, and with them to nihilism, already implicit in materialism. But solitude, materialism and nihilism are in truth an illusion created by the Obstructors: behind them lies the nature of the Self as a spiritual being embodied in matter, a creator god in power, a god of the future. Lucifer and Ahriman are necessary evils for human evolution, evils that can and must be redeemed. The Obstructors provide human life with those trials to be overcome, by virtue of which an unexpected treasure is obtained: a superior good.
The human being, after the Mystery of Golgotha, definitively acquires the perception of his ego. This marks the turning point of human evolution, according to which what was previously a descent into matter, can now become a conscious ascent into the spirit: but at the same time as the full consciousness of the microcosmic Self, the ancient consciousness of the macrocosm is extinguished as home of the gods and spirits. Self-awareness requires that man experience the world firsthand and then, in complete freedom, return to the original spiritual source. However, if the awareness of the spiritual world does not intervene, the interior world of man so individualized is alienated from its original spiritual source and therefore "feels abandoned".
In fact, in anthroposophy:
Without the action of Lucifer man would have had to gradually develop a double vision: the ability to see both the physical world and the spiritual world behind it. He would have perceived a total reality. Behind every sensitive form he would have seen the link with a spiritual entity. Lucifer extinguished, "removed" a part of the real, presenting to man only the material part. In the middle of the Atlantic era, another influence came from other latecomers. These entities introduced in the etheric human body "darkness", or the mirror of consciousness was "smoked", distorting the perceptions. Human vision became even more blurred. Lucifer "eclipses" the spiritual to the human soul, makes it present, hiding it. Ahriman covers the matter with a veil of darkness, giving it a mineral appearance. Making the spiritual disappear.
Rudolf Steiner: Lucifero (1922-23)
This pair of uncomfortable "gifts", loneliness and materialism, if not correctly interpreted according to the light of the science of the spirit, leads human thinking to precipitate conclusions. Between the two, the Cat and the Fox, today the greatest evil is Ahriman. Lucifer has portrayed himself in the world of art, traditional religion, the New Age, feminism and cult for all that is past. Ahriman instead proliferates everywhere: in bureaucracy, in economy, in shopping malls, in technology, in university classrooms where only materialistic science is taught. The conclusions of his radical materialism that becomes nihilism abound in common thinking: "If God is dead, he is like man. If God is dead, the spiritual world is nothingness. If God is dead, nothing awaits us after death. So each of my actions counts as another, good and evil do not exist. " This arimanic mentality is then ratified in natural science, wholly interpenetrated by the spirit of materialism.
Here comes the metamorphosis of the "Gott ist tot!" by Nietzsche in:
The Self is dead!
Since the embodied Self is a void in the spiritual world, such an overwhelmed Self will remain a full one in the spiritual world and rather a void in the physical world. He who believes the Self, the individual spirit, an illusion and acts accordingly, is in fact emptying himself of the Self. He rejects it, leaving a void in the astral body. An emptiness that can be filled by other Arymanic entities that thus carry out a further metamorphosis. The void left by the death of the macrocosmic God becomes the death of the microcosmic God.
It is the Nothing that Michael Ende talks about in "The Infinite History":
Fantasia dies because people have given up hope, and forget their dreams, so The Nothing spreads, because it is the desperation that surrounds us. I made sure to help him, since it is easier to dominate those who believe in nothing.
This is the disturbing sentence that Mork, the black wolf agent of Nothing (the equivalent of the Fenris wolf of the Edda), tells Atreyu. Mork is the agent of Nothing charged of discovering the only hope of Fantasia, Atreyu, and killing her before she saves the Empress Infanta with the Auryn. Mork is a lying being, a being from the physical world that has been forcibly transferred into the imaginary world of Fantasia. When a human being uses the imaginations of Fantasia to make others believe lies, human beings create beings of lies in Fantasia. Mork himself is then devoured by Nothing that doesn't even spare his emissaries. Yet even Atreyu, a being from Fantàsia, is inexplicably infected by Mork's nihilism, which hurts him so much that he almost dies ...
Although we do not hear these thoughts formulated, they are often implicit in the logic followed by people in their daily actions. Tragically. Because this triple factual negation, according to the actions, (of God, man and spirit) has as a consequence a sense of emptiness that remains as the disturbing companion of the human being, in all actions of daily life. The consequence of triple denial is, in fact, the extinction of morality in action, and this to the detriment of man's task: morality is precisely the purpose of the incarnation of the human spirit on Earth. Good and evil cannot be learned in the spiritual world beyond the Threshold.
This is the one unforgivable sin, the sin against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:28-29):
Truly I say to you: all sins will be forgiven to the children of men and any blasphemy will have uttered; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit has no eternal forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin.
On the left the sacred pentalpha of Adam: the four elements are in their place below the Spirit (the Hebrew letter shin of the Pentagrammaton); on the right the overthrown irreversible pentalpha of Satan: the four elements of matter dominate the Spirit.
To sin against the Holy Spirit is to renounce the highest part of the human being, the Self and therefore the relationship with the numinous spiritual world. Since one has lost the spiritual root, the Self begins to search in the material world for what actually belongs to the spiritual world. The result is that consumerism, son of materialism, is nothing more than a reversed spirituality. The meaning of consumerism is, first of all, consumption of the soul and spirit by the body. This inverse order of worldly things is the manifestation of the occult symbol of the reversed Pentalpha. When the Pentalpha, the sacred symbol of man in which the spirit dominates the four elements, is overthrown, it is the four elements that dominate the spirit so that Ahriman's purpose in creating an anti-man, the necessary empty container of an anti-Christ, whose name is Sorath, is realized.
Ahriman's materialism leads the Self to remain trapped in matter, once this bond has taken place, asuric spirits or Asura, those who have the ability to seize and destroy the human Self, binding it to the matter of "This World" of which Ahriman is Prince. In the occult constitution of man, that which of the astral body ends up in the egoism of the irredent luciferic spirits, that which of the etheric body ends up in the materialism of the Arymanic spirits, that which of the Self becomes food of the asuric spirits will form the Eighth Sphere, which is a spiritual void and therefore a material full. This is the counter-image of the Trinity of Evil.
So once this void has been created, it must somehow be filled. A spiritual consciousness obscured by Ahriman is a consciousness that sees only Nothing, a pneumatic void that, like a black hole, sucks everything around it. The Nothing, the same that devours Fantàsia, is the void in the center of Ahriman. It sucks the soul and replaces it with physical objects, which are therefore outside the inner world, and which to block, at least temporarily, this fatal gravitational attraction, must be filled by purchasing physical objects that "represent" what is missing internally.