Re: Theos-World Senex vs. Puer
Apr 15, 2008 06:43 PM
This is what comes of changing the guard every 30 years or so.? If the Theosophical Society had regular election fights instead of ratifications and annointings, it would be spared the peculiar ironies that beset it this time.? I had actually forgotten how old John is but I have never thought of Radha as being less than a centenarian, even 30 years ago.
Chuck the Heretic
From: kpauljohnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 7:32 pm
Subject: Theos-World Senex vs. Puer
Generational tensions reflect spiritual ones, according to the
Jungian notion of Puer vs. Senex. Have seen this mentioned only in
another forum that Chuck and I frequent, but it seems extremely
relevant to the Theosophical situation. Here's an article that
applies it in, of all things, Buddhist context:
> When one looks at organizations, when you find spiritual
organizations which grow are usually led by individuals young or
middle aged...If you look around many sections and lodges, you will
find them all mostly headed by grey haired leaders
Here I am, a retiree, yet mostly without grey hair, to comment that
the gerontocracy in Theosophy is a very serious problem. If an
oldster like me could be dismissed as an upstart who hasn't paid
sufficient dues to be treated with respect, how old do you have to be
to escape the dynamic of Senex-murdalizing-Puer? 84 trying to hang
on to power, attacking 78 as too old to take over-- how bigger a clue
could one have that this is a seriously dysfunctional organization?
> So are we going to continue the maintenance mode led by tired old
folks with declining membership in %age? I am afraid that may be
scenario that we are facing.
> Let us all hope and pray that some miracle may move the
organization in a expansion mode.
If such a miracle occurred for the TS, someone over 75 would figure
out a way to f**k it up in honor of preserving the glorious imaginary
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