• Stories, Poems and Meditations

    by  • 17 June 2020 • Camphill, Camphill Community, Karl Konig • 0 Comments

    Karl König (1902-66) was well-known as a physician, author and lecturer. He began his work at the Institute of Embryology at the University of Vienna but fled in 1938 after the Nazi annexation of Austria.

    In 1940 he founded the Camphill Movement in Scotland. Based on the educational ideas of Rudolf Steiner, the special education schools for children and villages for adults with special needs are now established all over Britain and Europe, North America and Southern Africa.

    Find out more about about Karl König over on his author page.

    The Karl König Archive comprises of a series of books making available the thought and writing of Karl König. 

    New in the Karl König Archive

    Below, we share a poem on Truth, Beauty and Goodness from the latest book in the Karl König ArchiveStories, Poems and Meditations. Edited by Richard Steel, this book offers a selection of König’s creative work (some previously unpublished) alongside an insightful introductory essay, giving historical context to his writing. 

    [undated, probably early 1940s]

    Truth, Beauty, and Goodness,
    that is the human being.

    Truth is a portrait of the eternal ideas of the world
    rightfully expressed in the thinking capacity
    of the human being. A thought is true if it corresponds
    with the essential content of an idea.

    Beauty is revealed wherever the eternal ideas
    are in harmony with forms, colours,
    tones, and words. When the
    garment of an idea is so adequate, that
    one can experience the idea in reality.

    Goodness is to be found where the spiritual content
    of the idea starts to melt the forms;
    where form yields itself up to the being and
    out of that the deed is born.

    The threefold interplay between the idea
    and the work created by the idea,
    this is Truth, Beauty and Goodness. That is the human being
    In the head, the chest, in limb existence.

    We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading this poem from Stories, Poems and Meditations. Find out about more of the books in the Karl König Archive here.

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