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re: The Past

Jun 03, 1996 11:32 PM
by alexis dolgorukii

At 05:07 PM 6/3/96 -0400, you wrote:
>Alexis writes:
>>...but I will also never be silenced on a subject I consider to
>>be of paramount importance to the future of theosophy. If
>>Theosophy is to have a future, we have to clean up our past, and
>>CWL is an important part of that past.
>Here is the rub.  Here we are in a theosophical discussion group
>which should imply a freedom to explore theosophical subjects in
>all of its aspects.  The only limitation I remember reading when
>I joined was that we are supposed to be considerate to others on
>the list.  To me, this rule means that we are not supposed to
>hurl insults at each other.  That is a reasonable request IMO.
>But if this rule also means that we cannot discuss certain
>theosophically relevant subjects if some subscribers object to
>them, then we are in deep trouble.
>Over the past years, I discussed some of the issues concerning
>CWL in some depth on theos-l.  I did so because, like Alexis, I
>believe that a frank discussion and exploration of the activities
>and teachings of this man should be a legitimate topic of
>discussion on theos-l, not to mention TSA.  I had hoped that the
>discussions would stimulate some thinking and questions among the
>readers concerning the past and future direction of the TS.
>After all, when the TS was formed, it was meant to be an
>organization where people were brought together by their desire
>to seek for truth.  I think this is still a noble cause.  But
>today, the TS is predominately a membership which has no idea
>what is going on and apparently goes to extreme efforts to avoid
>knowing.  There are others who live in a fantasy world of
>theosophical lore about neighboring planets populated by little
>green men, a "smiling" solar logos who is in charge of this
>planet, and rocks that fall in love with little boys who sit on
>them.  The TS over the past 100 years has indeed become a
>confused mess and there doesn't seem to be enough people
>interested in theosophy in its original sense who want to get to
>the bottom of that confusion.  IMO the apathy,  denial and self
>imposed ignorance of the majority of the membership is more to
>blame for the failure of the TS than all of the bad and/or
>ineffective leaders and policies put together.  After over thirty
>years of fighting apathy and getting burned by those in power who
>are threatened by change, I've come to the point where I fully
>understand that famous line: "Frankly, Miss Scarlet, I don't give
>a damn."
>But if there are two or three people on this list who are willing
>to discuss CWL's effect on the TS, and this discussion is
>motivated from an intellectual integrity--a desire for truth, and
>they are willing to stand up to the aggressive and passive-
>aggressive abuses of those who do not wish this subject to be
>discussed, I would be more than happy to join in and add
>considerably more information beyond what I had contributed in
>the past--that is, once this topic progresses to the point where
>I had last left off.
>The only weapon we have against ignorance is knowledge.
>   |Jerry Hejka-Ekins,                      |
>      |Member TI, TSA, TSP, ULT                |
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>Jerry| You have just stated my ideas on this subject to the "n th" degree.
Your historical knowledge is probably superior to anyone's, why don't we
make this a topic for open discussion, with open questions and free answers.
But it can't be accomplished if people start hurling invectives.

alexis dolgorukii

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