Re: preserving the unique opportunity of this list
Feb 27, 2006 03:53 PM
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Eldon B Tucker <eldon@...> wrote:
While searching the archives I found this important reminder. (PO)
> The theos-talk mailing list is something of an experiment. It's
> controlled by any particular theosophical organization with all
> being controlled according to that group's approach. It's not
> with one particular individual or group's outlook being promoted
> exclusion of everything else. It's not intended to be a champion
> specific flavor of Theosophy.
> There are many lists and websites dedicated to particular points
> regarding Theosophy. Some maintain that focus by excluding
> others maintain that focus because a majority of participants
believe in it
> and enforce it through what they continually write, crowding out
> This list is an experiment, in that it attempts to allow people
> theosophical background to participate, sharing their ideas
> others with differing views. Everyone should feel free to express
> ideas and experiences without being attacked or judged by others
> list. Since we're not picking a specific variant of Theosophy and
> dogmatic about it, there are no "right answers" to judge people
by. Each of
> us can share what he or she knows or thinks, but not to tell
> wrong and they should shut up.
> My hope is that we'll all learn something new from each other. On
> list, we have a microcosm of the greater theosophical community
> the world, and what we as dozens of participants can work out
> shows us what might happen with thousands and millions of people
> Each person is free to express his or her own ideas. No one is
> dominate the list. Anyone is entitled to participate, so long as
> here to share ideas and not merely fishing for converts for
> or not seeking to disrupt, discourage, and confuse people because
> Theosophy in contempt and want to "save" people from it.
> If someone says something, it is appropriate to ask them to
> they mean. Even if it sounds bad, don't assume that what you read
> they meant to say. Let the other person explain himself or
> impose your judgement on the other person's writings and hold them
to it as
> if you were a lawyer discussing a legally binding contract. This
> mailing list and people are freely expressing themselves. They may
> hastily at times, and not everything posted has been carefully
> is fit for final publication.
> Also, if you want to know something more about what someone wrote,
> to write and ask them to expand upon a particular theme. But it's
> decision to continue writing, not yours. It's not appropriate to
> demand that someone give you answers to some question you have
> Something is "off topic" if it has absolutely nothing to do with
> and has a chilling effect on the discussions. It's ok if it might
> interest to theosophical students.
> I don't always have time to carefully read every message going out
> list. So if anyone sees something that may be a problem, I ask
> write email@example.com with their concerns. Don't
> directly to the list telling someone they are "off topic"
or "acting bad"
> or to complain that "they are mistreating me." When there's a
> will contact people, write something to the list, or take some
> administrative action to resolve the situation.
> This list provides a unique opportunity to coexist with students
> friends of Theosophy of all the different backgrounds. That is
> won't find in the typical theosophical group or moderated list.
> our focus on sharing what we find valuable and work at coexisting
> with people that think differently than we do.
> Eldon Tucker
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