On The Right to Remain Silent
Feb 14, 2006 07:31 AM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline
This is but one first short commentary to the
impressive help Paul Johnson is giving to our Theos-talk
and to the theosophical movement as a whole. (SEE BELOW.)
While Paul Johnson has different views from many theosophists,
and that is most welcome, one thing is clear.
He is helping the theosophical movement in a DECISIVE way by
bringing up these questions about Daniel Cadlwell's activities.
This is a strong indication that Paul Johnson has a good character
and moral courage. He has my personal and enduring gratitude for that.
As to Daniel Caldwell, well, he has every right to answer. I am still
waiting for his clarifications.
On the other hand, Daniel also has the famous right to remain silent. Up to
Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline
From: "kpauljohnson" <email@example.com>
Subject: Theos-World My correspondent Terry Hobbes
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 16:00:14 -0000
On my first week in cyberspace I joined the newly-created theos-l, and
was soon greeted by a message from "Terry Hobbes" denouncing my self-
published book In Search of the Masters and promoting an "Open Letter
to Paul Johnson" that could be purchased from Daniel Caldwell for $8.
Here is my reply which includes the post from Hobbes:
This was disturbing because I had entered into correspondence with Mr.
Caldwell with the specific understanding that it remain private. When
I posted to this effect, "Hobbes" then reported a "telephone
conversation" with Caldwell and related the content.
Compared to Green's, Hobbes's career in Theosophical cyberspace was
very brief, lasting only from late 1993 to early 1994. However, many
years later he reappeared as author of an article on Caldwell's
and like the articles written by Green, these share several
Caldwellian features. The theme is Caldwell's usual obsession,
attacking various claimants to succession from HPB. The style is
his, again with large excerpts from primary sources, plentiful
rhetorical questions, and a general hectoring tone. Moreover, Google
shows the email address used by Hobbes back in 1993-4,
firstname.lastname@example.org, to have appeared online only in Theosophical
discussions. So this is another person whose existence is in doubt,
and who might have been an alter ego for Mr. Caldwell. While Hobbes
was not nearly as nasty and confrontational as Green, the dishonesty
and manipulation are even more striking in that Hobbes reported a
conversation with Caldwell and engaged me in discussion under what
now appear to be false pretenses. It's quite amazing to consider
that from week one in cyberspace back in 1993 I was being stalked by
this Internet troll.
Unless, of course, there is a real Terry Hobbes in which case I'd
appreciate confirmation of his existence.
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