To the extent that the individual can retain a distance to himself, without however being lost in the process, he is in a position to perceive a recognizable relationship to the world. Reality opens up to him. Social skills do not have to be inflicted on the individual from the outside (laws, rules, etc.), instead they exist within him. Free cooperation between individuals can more and more take the place of community rules and regulations delegated from "above". – Cooperative self-management in the sense of a free spiritual life is an attempt to realize this goal, and has provided an appropriate training environment for many decades. For the upbringing of children and youths this means not to impose predetermined (educational objectives, curriculums, values etc.) on the child, but the attempt to "awaken"(Rudolf Steiner) the spiritual individuality of each single child. Hence, every education becomes self-education, and the adult is only providing the best possible environment for the child to educate itself. This is one of the fundamental concerns of the Waldorf education.