David Lorimer Love of Life

David Lorimer – Love of Life in Goethe and Schweitzer

What can Goethe and Schweitzer teach us about spiritual renewal in our current age?

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Dr Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) was world famous in his lifetime as a doctor, organist, philosopher-ethicist and theologian. It is not well-known that Goethe (1749-1832) had a considerable influence on Schweitzer, who was awarded the Goethe Prize by the City of Frankfurt and gave a Centenary Lecture about him in 1932. Both men exhibited independence of thought, devotion to truth, life energy, intensity and authenticity. While Goethe lived life to the full, Schweitzer served life to the full.

Here is Schweitzer on Goethe’s influence: Goethe’s spirit places a threefold obligation upon us: we must wrestle with circumstances, so that those who are imprisoned by them in their exhausting jobs may nevertheless be able to preserve their spiritual lives. We must wrestle with men, so that, distracted as they constantly are by the external things so prominent in our time, they may find the road to inwardness and remain on it. We must wrestle with ourselves and with everyone else, so that, in an age of confusion and inhumanity, we may remain loyal to the great humane ideals of the 18th century, translating them into the thoughts of our age and attempting to realise them.

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David Lorimer is a visionary polymath who is Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network, Editor of Paradigm Explorer and Chair of the Galileo Commission. .


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Wed, 19 April 2023
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7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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  • Date: Wed, 19 April 2023
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  • David Lorimer
    David Lorimer
    Writer, Lecturer, Poet, Editor

    David Lorimer, MA, PGCE, FRSA is a visionary polymath – writer, lecturer, poet and editor who is a Founder of Character Education Scotland, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network  and former President of Wrekin Trust and the Swedenborg Society. David is also the Editor of Paradigm Explorer, and Chair of the Galileo Commission, which seeks the expand the evidence base of science of consciousness beyond a materialistic world view.

    Originally a merchant banker then a teacher of philosophy and modern languages at Winchester College, he is the author and editor of over a dozen books, including Survival? Death as Transition (1984,2017) Resonant Mind (originally Whole in One) (1990/2017), The Spirit of Science (1998), Thinking Beyond the Brain (2001), The Protein Crunch (with Jason Drew) and A New Renaissance (edited with Oliver Robinson). He has edited three books about the Bulgarian sage Beinsa Douno (Peter Deunov): Prophet for our Times (1991, 2015), The Circle of Sacred Dance, and Gems of Love, which is a translation of his prayers and formulas into English. His book on the ideas and work of the Prince of Wales – Radical Prince (2003) – has been translated into Dutch, Spanish and French. His most recent books are A Quest for Wisdom and his collection of poems, Better Light a Candle.