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Re: Charging Money

May 24, 1997 02:48 PM
by Tom R Robertson

On Sat, 24 May 1997 16:24:10 -0400 (EDT) writes:

>Bart asked:

>>What is wrong with a Theosophical Lodge charging money?

>It's the same story:  those who have money will benefit the most,
>especially when it comes to information.  And that has the all-important
>built-in-guarantee: those who have access to something others do not
>makes those who do feel priviledged.

How much money someone has is a rough estimate of society's debt to him
or her.  To the extent that money has been gained by contributing to
society, those who have it should be priveleged.  Charging for programs
also weeds out those who are less interested.

>The most priceless of gifts are free.  Charging people to hear about
>Theosophy simply cheapens the message.

Maybe Quest Books should stop charging for books.

>Authors or lecturers who will not speak at a Lodge without requiring
>payment may not have quite learned what Compassion or Love really

I doubt if very many teachers of Theosophy would refuse to speak if there
was no fee.

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