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Re: Theos-World List member identity - Some ideas

Jul 24, 2009 09:27 PM
by Drpsionic

I see no reason to engage in such prying.  It is the words, not the  
person, that matter.  If someone feels a need to hide their true identity,  then I 
am willing to assume that the need is real and have no desire to out  
someone who may face real difficulties as a result of what they say.
Chuck the Heretic
In a message dated 7/24/2009 7:30:06 P.M. Central Daylight Time, writes:

>From time to time, out of the blue, new members come on board who are  very
knowledgeable about the recent historical matters and display  intricate
knowledge about TS and no one seems to recognize them or seems to  know 
Also some of them are from non English speaking countries and  display
unusual facility with the use of language which normally takes a  long time
to acquire. All these make some of us wonder if these are real  people or is
someone is using a pseudonym to avoid taking personal  responsibility for
what they talk about in the list.

I have been  thinking why not ask some of these new new participants about
some personal  details such as their TS branch affiliation, if any, where
they live, and  names of other theosophists in their area they know and 
information  to confirm their real identity. Since the theosophical 
is  minuscule in the world, most theosophists tend to interact with others
over  a period of time and is very difficult to keep a low profile and hide
their  persona and hence discovering any masquerade is not difficult.

There  are going to be exceptions. In rare cases, not towing the official
line may  affect the room and board of the individual and no one wants to
affect the  livelihood of a fellow theosophist and by the same token, these
individuals  should not become unofficial strong proponents of the official
line under a  disguise, no matter how unreasonable or untenable the official
line  is.

I thought of throwing this open to feed back from others on the  list.

Messenger (aka MKR)

PS: Unpaid ghost writing and  participants acting as fronts for others, is
another issue we may address  in due course.

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