Re: Theos-World Re: Imagining Adyar TS as Irrelevant?
Mar 20, 2006 07:23 PM
by Bart Lidofsky
One problem that comes up is that of hostile takeovers. Essentially,
many lodges have an amount of property that is disproportionate in value
to the number of members. This makes it attractive for an outside
organization to come in, take over the lodge, and then appropriate and
transfer its property to the other organization. The Arcane School, in
particular, has been active in such hostile takeovers, but groups which
aren't even related to theosophy (such as fundamentalist Christian
groups) can be attracted to the possibility as well.
This is a democracy from the ground up that requires a particular kind
of mind, one that does not seem to exist as of yet within the Society,
and that is a mind that is both independent of and compassionate for
the needs of other communities. This type of a Society grows leaders
and leadership. Lodges have to chart their own course once they have
achieved self-sufficiency. If Adyar were to adopt this political
structure, then it would become very relevant.
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