RE: Theos-World how do you draw a line between what's theosophical and non-theosophical?
Nov 01, 2001 09:35 PM
Haha - clearly I meant clearly - lol
|From: nos [mailto:email@example.com]
|Sent: Friday, 2 November 2001 4:02 PM
|Subject: RE: Theos-World how do you draw a line between what's
|theosophical and non-theosophical?
|Would you not say I cleary label my headers?
||From: Eldon B Tucker [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
||Sent: Friday, 2 November 2001 3:53 PM
||Subject: Theos-World how do you draw a line between what's
||theosophical and non-theosophical?
||At 03:08 PM 11/2/01 +1030, you wrote:
||>As I've stated to those who have contacted me privately -
||Where do you
||>draw a line between theosophy and non-theosophy?
||Everyone has different expectations of a theosophical
||list, and depending upon the person, something you
||say might be ok or be way off in left field.
||A tight definition might say only talk about quotations
||from a narrowly-selected collection of classic books.
||A looser definition would be to talk about the
||philosophy and general religious and metaphysical themes,
||putting ideas in your own words.
||A still looser definition would be to talk about
||politics, world events, recent discoveries in
||science, historic items, and other materials that
||might have deeper meanings that we could explore.
||The broadest definition would be to include any item
||of interest, but I'd hope there would be some connection
||made between the materials and some deeper understanding
||of life. An example here would be to take the Bin Laden
||terrorism and relate it to a general threat of fundamentalism
||and how it can affect people including us, if unaware.
||People may find it hard to extract a deeper meaning
||from arguments for and against various political
||conflicts in the world, like the Israeli/Palestinian
||conflict. It may be possible to give all the arguments
||for either side of the situation, but the situation
||isn't getting solved here, and no deeper understanding
||may come from rehashing the various political theories.
||Another important thing is to be clear when we're
||joking. We can even say, "<GRIN>" or "I'm kidding!"
|prominently in the
||message. This is so people won't misunderstand and think there's any
||ill-will or hatefulness involved.
||Coming back to your basic question, I'd say that we'd
||each need to draw our own line regarding how loose
||a definition of Theosophy we'd use. Even so, we need
||to consider who we're writing to, and make our
||writing appropriate to the people on the list. The
||same is true with public speaking. If you start a talk
||and see the audience falling asleep or reacting the
||wrong way, you've got to consider how they're responding
||and change your approach, or the talk will end up
||as a dud, and people won't come back to hear you again.
||If the subject line is clearly labelled, people
||can pick and choose messages they're interested in,
||and not feel bad when opening a message that isn't
||what they'd expected.
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