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Re: Theos-World types of discussions

Jan 07, 2009 01:06 PM
by Jake Benson

One of the reasons I subscribe to this groups with "web -only" access is to avoid these participating in such flare-ups.  

--- On Wed, 1/7/09, Eldon B Tucker <> wrote:

From: Eldon B Tucker <>
Subject: Theos-World types of discussions
Date: Wednesday, January 7, 2009, 3:31 PM

            Hi everyone.

It looks like we're getting a bit carried away and starting to get mad

at each other. Let's keep our discussions on topics of shared interest

and avoid telling others what we think of them.

We're a diverse group including people liking or disliking Blavatsky,

Purucker, Crosbie, Kristnamurti, Leadbeater, Besant, Steiner, Baily,

and others. From a philosophical standpoint, it may be annoying at

times to see someone promoting an author we don't like, but the best

reply is to outline and possibly debate the differences. 

When we delve into history, we'll find out things about the

theosophical authors that can be damaging to their reputations. A

common reaction is to gloat over the negative about authors we don't

like and to take personal affront at negative mention of our favorite

authors. Neither reaction is good. 

A fair discussion of history will present a balanced picture of

someone. To repeatedly stress some particularly bad trait of an author

does not win converts. Fans of an author are more likely to become

defensive and feel provoked into counter attack. Few would convert to

another way of thinking. If repeated too frequently, negative remarks

about an author would be inflammatory and evoke anger, not open


It's better to win over others by the beauty of our ideas rather than

by discrediting their heroes. 






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