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Re: Theos-World Identifying the enemy

Feb 14, 2006 09:46 AM
by Bill Meredith

Robert Bruce MacDonald wrote:
Is Theos-Talk on the verge of an epiphany? Are we getting closer to the kind of Brotherly interaction that the Movement was designed to foster? The Theosophical Society has been blind and hurt for over 100 years. Perhaps it is the case that a Daniel Caldwell was necessary, a Paul Johnson was necessary, and Theo-Talk was necessary. We are beginning to understand what is keeping us divided, it is our IGNORANCE concerning the type of behavior exhibited by the likes of Daniel Caldwell. The members of Theos-Talk have had to endure this type of behavior for many years and maybe it is time to hear what they have learned. There are many Daniel Caldwells in the world, perhaps it is time to identify their behavior, know why it is inappropriate and call them on it. Ignorance is the enemy. Understanding this ignorance is the sword that will slay that enemy
For those interested in this discussion, allow me to start it off. What of the practice of calling you on some point you are trying to make and showing how you are guilty of the same mistake and then providing close to one hundred examples of it and threatening you with more. What is happening here? Most often, when you look at the examples it is a case of comparing apples with oranges. This leaves you with the task of having to justify your point by demonstrating how each example does not apply. What if one or two do apply? Who cares? We evolve and change as humans and if in the course of a discussion in the here and now we come to new conclusions, does that get invalidated by mistakes that we made in the past? Brotherhood means being allowed to make mistakes because that is one of the few ways that we learn. We should not be forced to acknowledge every error that we have ever made and make amends for them. That is what Karma is for, does Daniel think that he is an agent of Karma?

What do you do when someone throws such a list at you? Perhaps one solution would be to counter with the following:
"That is quite the list you have there, however, I suspect you are comparing apples with oranges. Perhaps you can take one of the examples and demonstrate how you think it is appropriate to the present context."
Make him do the work! Do not let him take over the course of the debate and control it by putting you on the defensive.

Is there any other insights that anyone wants to share on the behavior of Caldwell/Green/Hobbes?

Bruce, Thank you for this perspective.

One thing that I have noticed about the prosecutor personality is the tendency to focus on others almost exclusively. For example, one might hold others to relentless task for small changes to the original words of HPB and yet at the same time one might quote HPB or master's original words inside an e-mail or on a web page and change the emphasis, perception, and sometimes even the meaning of those words through the liberal and extensive use of (...), "CAPS ADDED," underscores, "emphasis added' etc. I understand that these practices are universally accepted in order for a writer to emphasis key words and phrases to make a point.
My point is that every word, sentence, phrase, paragraph, and idea from HPB and masters, is a finely tuned balance between understanding and misunderstanding. If HPB or masters had desired to emphasis one aspect of an idea over another, such editorial functions as "CAPS ADDED" and underscores for emphasis were available to them. Before one goes about changing the balance HPB and masters originally struck, one should be very careful that, through the use of these editorial devices in an e-mail or publication, one is not being untrue to the original theme presented by the original authors as they were writing to the original readers. At the very least, one should be fully aware that one is altering the original writings. This alone should give one reason for pause and self-reflection.


Sincerely, Bruce

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