Is TS an addictive organization?
Mar 31, 1999 09:45 PM
by M K Ramadoss
There is an interesting article by William Greer in the Theosophy World
#34, April 1, 1999 (Part I), titled
"IS THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY AN ADDICTIVE ORGANIZATION?".
In it, Greer writes:
<paraindent><param>left</param>In the case of the Theosophical Society,
it seems quite probable
that its continued addictive behavior will result in two profound
changes in its membership: 1) It will lose those who would be
most likely to bring about meaningful and positive change. 2) It
will retain and even elevate those who will engage in further
addiction and eventual destruction.
The Theosophical Society appears to be at a crossroad in its
evolution and in its prosperity. It is faced with issues of
vital significance to its future. These are not new problems,
but they are growing and are demanding attention. If the
pathology proposed in this article rings true, if the
Theosophical is behaving in an addictive mode, will it -- like an
addict -- be given yet another ineffectual "fix," only to remain
mired in its Victorian stupor. Or will it throw off the
self-imposed fetters of obsolete custom and enter the 21st
century as a more responsive vehicle for transformative change --
an organization in touch with the times, not adamantly and
self-righteously behind them."
Greer, has very comprehensively addressed the problems that seem to face
TS. I think anyone who is interested in theosophy and survival of TS
should read it.
The issue of addressing what can be done to energize and vitalize the TS
has been discussed several times in the theos maillists over the last
One of the questions that has been come up is:
<paraindent><param>left</param>What is the long term plan and targets and
the strategy and tactics? when I say long term, it can be 10 -20 years.
The organization does not seem to be growing. Has anyone seen any
blueprint? At least I have not.
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