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Re: Theos-World Winter Olympics and US Patriotism

Feb 10, 2002 11:36 PM
by adelasie

Dear Mic,

That was certainly a very unfortunate statement and I am wondering if 
maybe it was meant as some sort of a joke. It certainly doesn't fit 
with the spirit of the opening night reporting I heard, which was 
aimed at the spirit of people of the world coming together to 
celebrate excellence in sporting events. 

But your question makes me think of some issues related to theosophy. 
These are turbulent times. Probably most people are wondering how 
trends and events of the past few months will affect their lives, 
with questions about the economy, world trade, possible war, etc. In 
my little corner of the USA, and elsewhere, there are concerns about 
restrictions of civil rights. But in the larger picture, I wonder if 
anyone sees the possibility that theosophy gives us some very 
specific guidelines for conduct in such times. We can see perhaps 
that it is no accident that these teachings came into human 
consciousness at this point in our evolution, and that they can be 
used by those who value them possibly to generate some positive 
influence. Certainly the possibilities of communication are amplified 
in recent years beyond anything previously available, by the internet 
and electronic media in general. Isn't this the time we could use 
these tools to spread these teachings and make them available to more 
people, when they may be helpful in the current crisis? 

I think the shockwaves of 911 have opened up some new channels in our 
consciousness. Maybe this is the time to pour some light into these 
cracks in our traditional mindset, and start some lines of thought 
about the unity of all life, the real source of power, the debt of 
compassion and sympathy that we owe to all our brothers and sisters 
who suffer under the yoke of materialism, the responsibility we all 
share for everything that happens to the collective entity that we 
call humanity.

Any thoughts?


On 10 Feb 2002 at 15:40, Mic Forster wrote:

> This is a post for our American friends out there. Here in Australia
> there is a lot of talk about American patriotism since Sept 11 and
> this was demonstrated at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.
> Although I did not watch this the local paper stated that when the
> Iranian team entered the NBC announcer proclaimed: "And here comes
> Iran - a member of the axis of evil". I must admit that as an
> outsider I am deeply concerned at the way Americans are behaving. And
> as an outsider and an avid reader of Nazi Germany I must also admit
> that there are many, many parallels between what I see occurring in
> America today and what occurred in Germany between 1933 and 1939. As
> Americans do you feel that this is occurring? Is there a general
> drive from the common man on the street to see this so called axis of
> evil shattered? This email is not meant to be insulting, I would just
> like to hear from an American point of view. I would also just like
> to let you know the sentiments of the rest of the wRegards from down
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