Taken via The Charnel House
“But the words concerning the necessity of one common -education for the two sexes (in the first Wickersdorf yearbook) are informed by such a far-sighted and noble idea that I cannot omit quoting them at length: Youth is the age of receptivity to the absolute value of life, the age of idealism. It is the only age … at which there can arise a social sentiment that does not rest on opportunism, does not aspire’to the greatest possible happiness of the greatest number,(Wyneken refers to the philosophy of utilitarianism, and specifically to that of the English jurist Jeremy Bentham (1748-1831), who argued, in An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation (1789), that the object of law is to achieve the “greatest happiness of the greatest number.” ) but that looks on society as an organization for the advancement of spirit.
The unity of humanity in the spirit will be preserved wherever the young generation is dedicated to serving this spirit. Already, in youth, the two sexes should learn not only to speak and understand the same language but to speak it with each other. Here, in youth, they should form the sort of deep, meaningful bond with one another that will survive all the inevitable separations to come. Here they should not only receive the same direction in life but mutually establish it for themselves.”Here, where they see each other striving and developing themselves in the same direction, they will find in one another the great faith from which alone can spring respect for the opposite sex.
The memory of having once been comrades in the most sacred work of humanity, of having once looked together into “the Vale Eidophane,” (The expression Tal Eidophane (the second term a compound of Greek eidos, “form,” and phainesthai, “to appear”) comes from the poem Der olympische Fruhling (Olympian Spring; 1900-1905, rev. 1910), by the Swiss writer Carl Spitteler (1845-1924). On Spitteler’s importance to the German youth movement, see “Sleeping Beauty” (Chapter 6 in this volume). ) the world of idea, this memory will form the strongest counterweight to the social battle of the sexes—.something that has always existed but that in our times threatens to blaze up and imperil the spiritual and cultural goods of which humanity is the designated guardian. Here, in youth, when they can still be human beings in the noble sense of the word, they should also have seen humanity realized once in a while. To furnish this great, irreplaceable experience is the real purpose of the common curriculum . ”