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Re: Theos-World Re: Help with quote from Collected Writings

May 13, 2001 01:12 PM
by Bart Lidofsky

Marina Sisson wrote:
> Is it the quotation above? I'm not sure because she says juust the
> opposite - that the politicians do not follow the ten commandments! The
> article is: "Our Christian XIXth Century Ethics" (CW X, 81-88)

Thank you very, very much.

Yes, that is it. I should have written that I suspected that it was in
Volume X. I'm giving a members' talk at the New York Lodge on the place
of religion in Theosophy and the Theosophical Society, and then, later
that week, a public talk on bridging understanding between the liberals
and conservatives in our society. The part you quoted will be useful in
the former, and another part which talks about the role of the TS to
create greater understanding between opposing groups as part of the
introduction to the latter talk.

> "Politics does not enter into the programme of our magazine's activity. Yet
> as everything under the sun now appears to have become little else but a
> legal permission to break the ten commandments, a regular government license
> to the rich for the commission of all sins which, when perpetrated by the
> poor, land the criminal in jail, or hoist him upon the gallows - it becomes
> difficult to avoid touching upon politics. There are cases which, emanating
> directly from the realm of political and diplomatic action, cry loudly the
> common ethics of humanity for exposure and punishment." (CW X, 82)

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