Re: Tourist or Pilgrim
Jun 25, 1996 11:52 AM
by alexis dolgorukii
At 04:19 AM 6/25/96 -0400, you wrote:
>alexis dolgorukii wrote:
>> At 11:31 PM 6/24/96 -0400, you wrote:
>> >On Mon, 24 Jun 1996, Bee Brown wrote:
>> >> Yesterday I watched a video by Joy Mills,
>> > <snip>
>> >> In it she brought up the concept that the world can be divided into two
>> >> sorts, the Tourists and the Pilgrims.
>> > <snip>
>> >Actually, there *are* two sorts of people in the world: Those who think
>> >there are two sorts of people, and those who know what a ludicrous and
>> >arbitrary thought that is.
>> Hooray for YOU! That's right on! Joy Mills is an arrogant bitch! I agree
>> with everything below as well.
>And so are you. There is no need for this sort of rudeness and this is
>theos-buds not theos-l so I am not replying to any more of this sort of
Really? You're really not going to reply? Well that makes the "umteenth"
time you've threatened to get off the board. Did you ever hear Aesop's Fable
of "The boy Who Cried Wolf"? I doubt if anyone takes you seriously in your
threats. As to Joy Mills I've known her since 1973, and because of that, I
can't think of anyone I'd feel happier and more completely justified about
being rude to. I have never seen any indication that she isn't exactly what
I said she is. She is also an opportunist. I also believe she is dishonest
(not fiscally) but ethically and morally. "Pilgrims and Tourists" is just
the sort of thing she's been bringing to the fore in all the years I have
known her. It is everything that's wrong with Theosophy". It's smug,
self-righteous, self-satisfied. exclusionary and arrogant. It's why the
society is getting smaller and smaller and smaller, it's why people who are
members are choosing the "Member-at-Large" option. It's why Lodges and
Sections who choose to engage in studies which are of interest to them get
expelled from the Society.
You recently wondered how many of us who are complaining about the Society
were members of Lodges, smugly comparing Members-at-Large with your own
superlative condition as Lodge president. Well I've been a Lodge President
too, and a Vice President, and a Federation Vice President, and once a
Candidate for President of a Federation. I am not a member of a Lodge right
now because while there are three lodges in the Bay Area, I just don't have
the time to participate an any meaningful way and my partner isn't
interested and so I don't join things in which he's not interested. In the
Lodges here all of the people are very nice, and damn few of the are smug
and self-satisfied, but then I guess all three are endangered because they
have diverse interests.
It must be wonderful to be as pleased with yourself as you are.
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