Re: Theos-World Writing & Talking about "Freedom of Thought"
Oct 21, 2008 05:19 PM
by Cass Silva
Freedom of thought for some is simply freedom to think the way we do - anything controversial is simply swept under the rug of freedom to think - put in the bottom of the too hard basket
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From: danielhcaldwell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, 22 October, 2008 3:22:43 AM
Subject: Theos-World Writing & Talking about "Freedom of Thought"
Pedro Oliveira has posted to Theos-Talk a message with the title:
"Members' freedom is the life of the TS".
You can read his posting at:
http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/theos- talk/message/ 46501
We might all agree that "Members' freedom is the life of the TS" but
is it really PRACTISED and IMPLEMENTED as preached?
It is all well and good to write and talk about "freedom of thought"
but of course ANY OF US can practice freedom of THOUGHT anytime,
anywhere in the PRIVACY of our own thoughts or in our OWN homes, or
among our friends, etc.
But does freedom of thought translate into the freedom to speak, the
freedom to write, the freedom to be published, for example in the
Theosophical Society's magazines, to be allowed to speak freely at TS
meetings, TS conventions, etc.? And to do all of this without fear
of "punishment" ???
Do the official publications of the Theosophical Society (both on the
international and national levels) allow for the publication,
discussion and exchange of information, especially "controversial"
or "unorthodox" facts and views???
Concerning the subject of "Freedom of thought" in the Adyar TS,
consider the following exchange betweeen Pedro Oliveira and Gregory
Tillett on Theos-Talk. I call attention to the fact that Pedro
Oliveira in his communication (3) does NOT address the points raised
by Gregory Tillett but simply says:
"The rantings of Dr Tillet against the Adyar TS are not new...."
Notice in this statement that Mr. Oliveira does NOT tell us why we
should consider Dr. Tillett's comments as "rantings". No details are
given. For some strange reason Mr. Oliveira does NOT tell us what is
wrong or inaccurate in what Dr. Tillett has written.
Now the exchange:
(1) Pedro Oliveira contributed a posting titled: The "Adyar" view
which can be found at:
http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/theos- talk/message/ 15859
(2) Gregory Tillett, historian and biographer of C.W. Leadbeater,
wrote a reply at:
http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/theos- talk/message/ 15864
(3) Pedro's reply to Gregory's comments are at:
http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/theos- talk/message/ 15869
(4) and Gregory replies to Pedro at:
http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/theos- talk/message/ 15925
A few additional observations:
Why was Gregory Tillett's biography of Mr. Leadbeater never reviewed
in the pages of THE THEOSOPHIST? ??
Why was Paul Johnson's books on the Masters never reviewed in the
pages of THE THEOSOPHIST? ??
Of course these books present Mr. Leadbeater and the Masters either
in an unfavorable light or in a way that is not the "usual way" many
Theosophists view Mr. Leadbeater and the Masters.
If the books contain misinformation, etc., then a good and indepth
review in THE THEOSOPHIST could have pointed that out and told
readers what the true facts are, etc. Instead no review is given at
all. Why is that?
Food for thought....
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