Among all peoples, two kinds and lines of propagation exist side by side; for quite as continuous as the biological line and parallel to it, in the words of the philosopher Rudolf Pannwitz,1 is the line of “the propagation of values.” Just as organic life is transmitted from parents to children and guarantees the survival of the community, so the transmission and reception—the new begetting and new birth of the spirit—goes on uninterruptedly. The life of the spirit of a people is renewed whenever a teaching generation transmits it to a learning generation which, in turn—as learners grow into teachers—transmits the spirit through the lips of new teachers to the ears of new pupils; yet this process of education involves the person as a whole, just as in physical propagation.
KeywordsClay Dispatch Stake Ethos
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