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Re: Theos-World Broken windows.... (reply to Paul)

Feb 10, 2006 07:13 AM
by Bill Meredith


Good to hear your reasonable response to this repetitive phenomenon. Perhaps it is a phase that must be passed through over time. I reference the theos-l forum which for years was the site of bitter ego battles, but now functions to provide a place for open and honest philosophical/theosophical discussions. Sure there are less than a dozen regular contributors there, but we do not cherish a large group as much as we do a respectful one. It is important to note that theos-l is completely unmoderated and yet, at present, there are no broken windows to fix. It is understood that each participant must moderate themselves. This has worked for the last 7 years that I have been a member there.

Could someone like David Green appear suddenly on theos-l and become a disruptive influence? No doubt initially, but the sustainability of any individual's disruptive power is ultimately in the hands of each participant who allows themselves to continue to be used as food for the troll. The trolls feed here on theos-talk because this is where they can bask in the self-satisfying emotional state that they crave. Recently you referenced new research about self-delusion and individuals being able to give themselves "feel-good pats" when they perform certain mental gymnastics that consistently return them to their comfort zone. I think the same may be said of trolls. They give themselves a feel-good pat every time someone feeds them.



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