Re: Theos-World Re: Self-Introduction
Feb 11, 2006 02:45 PM
by Bart Lidofsky
Your characterization of Carlos's position is unfair. Carlos himself
OK, now we're talking about what I wrote, rather than nasty character
writes in post 29673 the following:
"The main question is publishing obvious LIES against HPB.
Nothing against critizing her or talking about her many PERSONAL
faults, which the Masters did, by the way."
His concerns are fairness to a woman's memory. Even if you think he
is over-zealous, it does not follow that he worships her. That is
simply a non-sequitor and thus simply your humble opinion on the matter.
Pretending that a problem doesn't exist does not make the problem
magically go away. For example, I have had a lot of problems over the
years from Jewish groups who believe that the Theosophical Society is
anti-Semitic (in the sense of hating Jews). I point out that Blavatsky's
statements against Judaism refer only to the religion, and not the
people, and are part of comments against most religions. I point out
that many statements by Alice Bailey are wrongly attributed to
Blavatsky. I have to deal with the fact that "Aryan" was used by people
who wanted to prove that white Europeans were the superior race BEFORE
Blavatsky, and also the embracing and twisting of Blavatsky's works by
later white Christian supremacists, like the Thule Society, the Nazi
Party, etc. I've had to deal with statements on this very list who
believe that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a factual document.
And, of course, I've had to deal with a little article in Fohat which
COULD have simply defended a man's right to speak, but defended his
scholarship and premises as well.
But, be that as it may, pretending the past criticism of Blavatsky, no
matter how unjustified, does not exist makes us sound too much like a
religion. We need to answer the criticism, and, in order to answer it,
we need to acknowledge that it exists.
Therefore, when a person who objects to even acknowledging that the
criticism exists refers to Blavatsky as a "Teacher", with a capital "T",
I felt that it would be a good idea to point out that it came
dangerously close, if not over the line, to treating Theosophy as a
religion. I felt that the line from the Mahatma letters was the most
effective way of doing so.
And, as far as personal attacks go, I must remind you that you were the
person who started in with the personal attacks and slurs.
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