Re: Einstein Archives Online - Can theosophists and TS organizations learn a lesson
Mar 21, 2012 09:54 PM
This sounds perfectly sane.Its not only natural calamaties but also the fact that some precious books and documents lie in Adyar,subject to the damp hot and saline atmosphere of the sea coast..All these precious books should be digitised and openly available.
Another thing that always puzzles me is why is theosophical knowledge spread only among theosophists. How come one never hears of talks in non theosophical groups?
Its time an online signature campaign started outlining concrete steps to take to make the theosophic knowledge more easily accessible to the world at large.
There are many people out there who would greatly benifit from a clear understanding of the evolution and what is our role in it.
I think in the process of keeping the 'traditions' of the last century alive, the society has become the antithesis of what it set out to destroy in the first place-a center of ego-centricity where preserving itself became more important than growing and evolving. Hence the decline and disillusionment amongst so many truth seekers and people who cn see things in context of the world at large.
If evolution is the key,why hasn't the society evolved?
d thc the n In email@example.com, MKR <mkr777@...> wrote:
> Recently, the Albert Einstein archives announced the public access to the
> scanned archives and should be commended. What the archives has done is a
> pointer to much of the materials kept by libraries and private collections.
> Firstly, preserving original paper documents from degradation due to the
> quality of originals as well as degradation due to exposure to wide range
> of weather conditions. Current digital technology combined with world-wide
> access to Internet offers a cost effective solution to the preservation of
> valuable historical materials. Even if the originals are lost due to
> natural causes - earthquake, fire, flood, theft etc. digital copies
> preserve them for the future generations. Even when storage technology
> changes, keeping up with them is quite easy since the conversion will be
> automatic computer controlled.
> Theosophical organizations world-wide have large collection which can
> benefit future researchers and historians and even theosophical students.
> This is especially true of historical material during the days of HPB and
> Olcott and others. There has not been any public information about current
> steps taken to prevent loss of these valuable materials, nor of any plans
> to preserve them for the future generations in the light of current digital
> Without conversion to digital media, in due course most of the valuable
> materials can be lost for posterity. In the grapevine there has been talk
> about the reluctance of individuals who have historical materials to donate
> them to theosophical organizations due to two reasons. First is the long
> run preservation and secondly access controlled by the whims of leaders
> with their own fears and agenda.
> Theosophical organizations are yet to understand and make full use of
> modern digital and communication advances. These tools need not be feared
> about. They are indispensable for digital storage and distribution.
> I hope leaders will open up their eyes and move fast on this question.
> Failure to move fast cannot help theosophy or theosophical organizations.
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