Re: Theos-World Dynasty subverting Democracy (through FEAR)
Jul 15, 2008 08:44 AM
Now I will admit that this has me puzzled.? I have never found either of them particularly frightening, in fact I think I scared them.? Seriously, Radha always impressed me as being afraid of people, not quite knowing what to say and thus keeping a safe distance to protect herself.? John, on the other hand, is extremely friendly and outgoing, not a difficult person to deal with at all but given to academic politics.? He was certainly someone I could joke with, knowing that he would understand the joke and he was a victim of my sense of humor on more than one occasion and never failed to enjoy it as much as I did.? This made dealing with Radha fun because she, coming from a much different culture, always tended to treat me as someone who was somehow very important but she could not for the life of her figure out why.? She really does not understand Americans and our culture.
Let's face the reality.? Organizational politics can be very nasty and to survive it you need a very thick hide, like unto a rhinoceros.? The Theosophical Society is no different in that regard from any other organization and things will get nasty and messy.? The people who thrive in such environments are not going to be saints.? If you expect them to be you are going to be disappointed.? Olcott can be pure Byzantium and Adyar even worse, everyone maneuvering for position and trying to maintain hold on their particular satrapy.? It can be great fun if you like to watch the game, but it can be damned frustrating if you don't.
Chuck the Heretic
From: kpauljohnson <email@example.com>
Sent: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 10:17 am
Subject: Re: Theos-World Dynasty subverting Democracy (through FEAR)
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Anand" <AnandGholap@...> wrote:
> Actually even when Radha is in India, most people fear to talk with
> her. Senior E.S. officers also don't talk unless she herself asks
> something or gives people freedom to ask questions. Some leaders have
> this quality which makes other fear to some extent. When I wanted to
> suggest something and to correct things, I did so by asking her
> questions with implicit suggestions.
> But most people whether Indians or westerners fear to talk with
> Anand Gholap
Thanks, Anand. Radha and John are both among the scariest, meanest
individuals I've ever encountered in my life, in terms of spiritual
authority figures. Reason enough to allow TS membership to lapse--
what was I thinking to renew membership in an organization so blatantly
hostile to historical investigation of its origins? Perhaps will
explain in another msg...
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