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Re: Theos-World "Respect" in Internet Discussions

Nov 18, 2008 06:07 PM
by Martin

To be critisized by your minors, to be punished by your majors is always a better way of being shown respect than to be warshipped or idolized...

--- On Wed, 11/19/08, MKR <> wrote:
From: MKR <>
Subject: Theos-World "Respect" in Internet Discussions
To:, "theos-l" <>
Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 2:41 AM

            From time to time, you will find mention is made about the issue of respect

in messages posted in Internet. It is an interesting topic and I would like

to talk about it.

First of all, Internet (especially the unmoderated/ uncontrolled/ uncensored)

independent forums such as this, is the most level field. Many of us have

been posting messages for several years and none of us have complained about

lack of respect in the messages.

This is because, you cannot command or demand respect from independent

participants. You earn it by your actions both here as well as outside (if

outside actions are relevant and we come to know of them.) Some who are

are/were occupying positions of power of one kind or another, end up living

in a psychological cocoon and it is very difficult to get out of it in real

world where we are all equals because no one can exert any kind of power

over others.

There was an incident in one of Krishnamurti' s group meetings. He went round

and inquired each one present as to what they are. One said he is a doctor,

another a teacher, third an accountant, fourth a homemaker, fifth chef and

so on. When everyone has responded, K said all of them are wrong. Everyone

is human being first and foremost.

He said the doctor is a doctor when he is treating a patient. An accountant

is one when he is in his office and doing his accounting work and so on. We

tend to bring our profession and other personal accomplishments into picture

and they are irrelevant except when you are engaged in the specific

professional act. When we meet and interact with each other as friends, we

are all human beings and keeping that in mind makes interaction and

communication easy.

So when we consider the question of respect, we need to be aware and not

expect respect in our message exchanges because of one's position (past or

present), one's accomplishments in other fields etc. When this is done, real

communication is possible and the whole focus on "respect" fades away and

one would not complain about lack of respect.


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