Below are the first words of Rudolf Steiner in the original beginning of the Philosophy of Freedom.
THE GOAL OF KNOWLEDGE
Principles Of Individualistic Life
1. Free Oneself From Authority
An energetic effort is being made to shake off every kind of authority.
2. Power Of Individual Expression
Nothing is accepted as valid, unless it springs from the roots of individuality. Everything which hinders the individual in the full development of his powers is thrust aside.
3. Leaderless Striving
The saying “Each one of us must choose his hero in whose footsteps he toils up to Olympus” no longer holds for us.
4. Individual Selection Of Ideals
We allow no ideals to be forced upon us.
5. Individual Worthiness
We are convinced that in each of us, if only we probe deep enough into the very heart of our being, there dwells something noble, something worthy of development.
6. Rejection Of Conformity
We no longer believe that there is a norm of human life to which we must all strive to conform.
7. Perfection Of Each Individual
We regard the perfection of the whole as depending on the unique perfection of each single individual.
8. Unique Contribution
We do not want to do what anyone else can do equally well. No, our contribution to the development of the world, however trifling, must be something which, by reason of the uniqueness of our nature, we alone can offer.
9. Creative Expression
Never have artists been less concerned about rules and norms in art than today. Each of them asserts his right to express, in the creations of his art, what is unique in him.
10. Dynamic Language
There are dramatists who write in dialect rather than conform to the standard diction which grammar demands.
11. Striving Towards Freedom
No better expression for these phenomena can be found than this, that they result from the individual’s striving towards freedom, developed to its highest pitch.
We do not want to be dependent in any respect, and where dependence must be, we tolerate it only on condition that it coincides with a vital interest of our individuality.