Theos-World Re: Where is TS heading?
Apr 20, 2009 12:58 PM
To participate in online forums, person needs courage and confidence in his writing skill and knowledge. There are many members who are not confident of their knowledge and so they avoid writing and looking ignorant. They prefer to simply watch, just as in any physical meetings many people fear to talk.
We can see that those who talk here are in Theosophy for very long time, have some confidence about what they write and have good English.
Just as in physical meeting many people fear to talk, in online forums also many people fear to talk. This is what I feel one reason for non-participation. In future also I think only small percentage of people will talk in forums. This small bunch consists of people who are confident about their writing skill, knowledge and have thick skin. Thick skin enables one to continue participation despite attacks from other members. If a person does not have thick skin, after two three embarrassing experiences he/she will stop writing in online groups.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, MKR <mkr777@...> wrote:
> Looks like more publicity is needed. One more thing. For anyone one to
> participate and speak their mind, needs very great courage and not be afraid
> of sacred cows. Lack of participation from other english speaking countries
> is also very marginal. This will change due to the young population growing
> up in the Internet environment.
> I have been around computers and Internet for a while and was aware of the
> great potential power of the online forums. It was proved beyond anyone's
> doubt during the the last year's election and the subsequent coup attempt.
> But for the Internet, we may have seen the start of the pralaya of TS as we
> know it.
> On 4/20/09, Anand <AnandGholap@...> wrote:
> > There is also one more interesting thing. India has around half the
> > membership of TS. From these there is hardly any member who participates in
> > online groups on Theosophy. Why is that so? That means not just officers,
> > but even ordinary members from India are not participating in online groups.
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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