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Re: Theos-World types of discussions

Jan 07, 2009 02:44 PM
by Drpsionic

In other words, here they go again!
Chuck the Heretic
In a message dated 1/7/2009 2:31:53 P.M. Central Standard Time, writes:

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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