New to List
May 09, 2001 12:04 PM
Im new to this list. Normal netiquette is to "lurk" until one
perceives the gist of the conversation and enters smoothly at an
However the subject/matter under discussion is of such a nature that
a newcomer like myself joins fairly jumping out of his skin with
enthusiasm to meet people he can discuss these things with.
When one reads a book like Isis Unveiled for the first time, albeit
more than a Century after its first imprint; and still its arguments,
demonstrations and hints hit one like a ton of bricks; and one turns
this way and that seeking someone to discuss ones wake-up experience
with; but the responses are indulgent at best, Hey get a Life at
worst, it is natural to seek out those similarly fired by such a
powerful redirection and inspiration of thought.
Ive been on the list about 2 (by the time you get this 3 or 4 days) and
received about 15 emails, read them and thought: "OK, this is what I
expected on the Net. A couple of staunch posters whose debate has
entered the realm of 'private conversation' yet available to all. What
should I have expected? A concerted debate towards a fuller
understanding of extant Theosophical Works?"
As I thought that, noting that some interlocutors showed evidence of
years of familiarity with theosophical thought, I thought also:
"Naive, perhaps presumptious, am I to think that 100 or more years
after the event I should find anywhere, least of all on the Internet,
a united, concentrated, enlivened and enthusiastic movement alive to
all possibilities; determined to achieve all in the name of This
I am suitably chastened.
My expectations were mine alone and I should not have extended them
further than that.
However I still find great value in the discussion. Firstly, that
there is one and, considering the subject matter, quite healthily
subscribed to. Secondly that as a newcomer I am given a, so to say,
clearer picture of the state of affairs amongst the online Theosophical
community; one which suggests that a measure of ennui, or lassitude of
enthusiasm; indeed as a newcomer I distinctly sense a weariness; a
condition of proponents "all argued out" and now bent on
salvaging what remains of all the enthusiasm and enlivenment they
entered with into this arena.
Forgive me if I convey my impressions off the top, and perhaps offend
someone in any way. This is not my intention. I hope only for an
honest response to put me right (or wrong) on way or another.
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