Why on Earth?
Biography and the Practice of Human Becoming
Signe Schaefer’s new book “Why on Earth? – Biography and the Practice of Human Becoming” is now available from SteinerBooks or through Amazon. A signed copy is available from the Center for Biography and Social Art .
The book explores many aspects of human development today, such as life phases, gender, temperaments, inner development and freedom. Here is a brief excerpt from the back cover:
Life today poses many questions, both in our personal lives and in our participation in nature and the broader culture. We often focus on the outer needs for social, political, technological, or environmental change.
Can we really meet the challenges around us without also attending to our inner life and to our own evolving biography as it reflects and informs the outer world?
This book starts from the premise that each of our lives expresses uniqueness of spiritual intention within the unfolding of universal rhythms and possibilities.
Can we come to appreciate the learning that our “I” has received through heredity, ethnicity, schooling, and gender without losing a sense of our true individuality?
Why on Earth? invites us to explore our own meaning-filled life journey, to bring conscious attention to how we go our path, so that we may more freely perceive our possibilities and our responsibilities along the way of our personal and shared becoming.
SIGNE EKLUND SCHAEFER was the founding director of a professional development program in Biography and Social Art, one of several activities of the Center for Biography and Social Art. Her desire to know more about the multiple dimensions of human development led her as a young person to the work of Rudolf Steiner and to Waldorf education. She directed Foundation Studies at Sunbridge College for more than twenty years and prior to that was on the faculty of Emerson College in Sussex, England. She continues to teach nationally and internationally, including at several recent workshops in China. She coauthored Ariadne’s Awakening, a book on gender questions, and coedited the parenting book, More Lifeways. A mother and grandmother, she now lives in Massachusetts, with her husband Christopher Schaefer.