Re: theos-l digest: March 19, 1999
Mar 29, 1999 02:43 AM
> >In fact I grew up
> >feeling that it was logical and natural to be selfish
> >and unkind.
> I do not believe that MOST people are raised to believe
> that it is
> "logical" and "natural" to be selfish (I am assuming 'unselfish' was a
> typo?) and unkind. This is not to say that your personal experience is not
> true - but my point is that most people, if asked, do at least know or
> believe that being unkind and selfish is in error.
You are right: I did not mean what people say or are
raised to think, but about what is implicit in
relationships and actions. Maybe also the relative lack of
religious upbringing in my country (the Netherlands)shows
its ugly face, though of course it has the upside that I
was not raised to believe in miracles that go against the
laws of nature, or that there is a GOD out there who has a
beard and likes personal vengiance and is yet also loving.
>> Certain circumstances may give rise to such actions, but
humans have an innate sense of a psychic battle going on
between "good" and "bad." I believe that most people
desire to be "good" - to be seen as "good" - to think
themselves "good" and "doing good for others." >>
I agree with most things in your e-mail especially:
> Until I HAVE BECOME what I believe all people should become, I cannot
> expect others to do so.
Yes, that has been the basis of what eventially brought me
to theosophy. I was not trying to suggest that the T.S. or
any other nominal Theosophical society is the place for
everyone. When I talk about the blessings of theosophy,
perhaps I should have clarified that everything that leads
to wisdom and helps one to become unselfish is theosophy
> >I would think that people who do
> >fight the social predudices like that (in even stronger
> >ways) do get some support from *higher* levels.
> I think even those who do NOT fight social prejudices get support and
> attention from "higher" levels. No one is left behind or ignored.
I do not agree with that. I think we get what we deserve.
That also means that effort is rewarded.
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