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Re: "Respect" in Internet Discussions

Nov 18, 2008 10:56 PM
by Anton Rozman

Dear Ramadoss,

Thanks for excellent points! When apparent or actual lack of respect 
is connected with some genuine indignation in regard to some alleged 
or actual misdoings it is in my view understandable and to some 
extend even justifiable. But I think that it is an insult to the 
intelligence of participants and extremely morally perverted when 
lack of respect of "Some who are/were occupying positions of power of 
one kind or another, end up living in a psychological cocoon" is 
connected (possibly even unconsciously) with personal interests 
enveloped in innocent garments of search or revelation of truths and 
in the sacred tradition of the Theosophical Society to achieve 
political gain. This is then just another example how creeds are 
operating within the Theosophical Society and morally destroying it. 

Warmest regards,

--- In, MKR <mkr777@...> wrote:
> From time to time, you will find mention is made about the issue of 
> in messages posted in Internet. It is an interesting topic and I 
would like
> to talk about it.
> First of all, Internet (especially the 
> 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 
> 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/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 
> 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 
> 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. 
> is human being first and foremost.
> He said the doctor is a doctor when he is treating a patient. An 
> 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.
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

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