Re: Historical correctness
Feb 07, 2002 02:54 PM
--- In theos-talk@y..., Larry F Kolts <llkingston2@j...> wrote:
> found it helpful for everyone do share their background. Would it be
> equally helpful to state a current mindset? Why are we here (on this
> list) What do we hope to get out of it? What do we hope to
> with what we contribute? Any takers?
OK, I'll try. Current mindset: finding the sacred in nature and
friends and family, with a much reduced interest in any form of
organized spirituality or "sacred" literature. (But I still do
practice "Cayceism" in several ways.) A passionate outdoorsman whose
latest "spiritual cause" is the newly formed Dan River Basin
Association of which I'm a founding board member. (Goal: to promote
education, recreation and conservation about/in/of the Dan River
Why here? Because although the "Paul Johnson" who wrote books about
HPB and was obsessed by 19th century history is long dead, the karmic
consequences continue to reverberate. In my daily life, that karmic
legacy is entirely invisible; I am the county library director, a
visible public figure about whom people vaguely remember that he once
years ago wrote a book about Edgar Cayce. Even among closest friends
and family, Theosophy and my books about it are almost never
mentioned. So theos-talk is like an alternate universe in which that
Johnson *didn't* die but lives on... which is alternately fascinating
and horrifying. Feels like a time machine in a way, especially since
certain denizens seem not to have aged a day, mentally.
Hope to accomplish? Encourage others' further investigations along
the lines that I abandoned years ago, dialogue with people on various
sides of the vexing HPB debates, defend the unjustly attacked, and
expose the destructive forces within the Theosophical movement of
which I have such painful personal knowledge.
That's an off-the-top-of-the-head response in the last few minutes
before closing time.
BTW no one has ever said that fundamentalists are a majority or even
a large contingent of Theosophists. But they do exist, and they take
it upon themselves to be the scourge of the perceived "infidels."
They wield influence out of all proportion to their numbers.
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