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RE: Theos-World FL Supreme Court -- Openness

Nov 20, 2000 01:01 PM
by Peter Merriott

Hello MKR,

Gives us an idea of what you would like to see.

How would you like to see the TS or the Theosophical Movement in general use
these public deliberations?


> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> Sent: 20 November 2000 03:21
> To:
> Subject: Theos-World FL Supreme Court -- Openness
> One of the trends in modern day governmental administration in the US is
> the attempt towards increasing openness. Many states have sunshine laws
> which require public deliberations to be carried out in the open with
> criminal penaties when they are broken. This trend can be tied to the
> maturing of democratic processes and aided by the information and
> communication revolution. It looks like theosophical and other "spiritual"
> organizations may learn a lesson or likely to be left behind and
> disappear.
> Such demise would be speeded up as the current generation which is growing
> up with the Internet and email as tools for efficient handling of day to
> day affairs which require communication and looks upon those organizations
> which tout ancient wisdom and continue to do business in the oldfashioned
> way.
> I just visited the Florida Supreme Court website and it was very
> interesting. All the documents filed by all the parties todate are
> available for everyone to read or download. Also the website has a mirror
> site so as to handle heavy access. The oral arguments tomorrow will be
> broadcast live on TV as well as on the Internet. Another interesting fact
> is that *all* decisions are first posted on the websites and paper copies
> are made available only later, due to the time it takes to make paper
> copies. The old fashioned way is to rely on the paper first and ignore the
> presence of Internet. It is amazing that Judicial Establishment which
> generally tend to be conservative is making very effective use of the
> modern technology as they have recognized the effectiveness and efficiency
> that results.
> mkr

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