Re: Theos-World Theosophy and Science
Feb 18, 2002 10:07 AM
Pl see my comments interspersed below.
At 09:31 AM 2/18/02 -0800, adelasie wrote:
You are right. We may want to look at the issue from two levels. In our
personal experience we may discover bits and pieces of the working of
natural laws and we can employ them to everyone's benefit. On the other
hand, scientists discover some of them. How they are used is usually driven
by greed, or by patriotism or ideology or other considerations which means
enrichment or domination over others. Mostly scientists and Governments are
not concerned with the humanitarian side of the use of the discoveries.
Only hope is that the collective consciousness becoming more humanitarian
over a period of time.
The danger you mention of esoteric information being used in the
wrong way is definitely a real one. And yet, it seems, given the
perfect justice of karma, that if a piece of information is available
to humanity, to scientists, it must be true that humanity has earned
the right to use it as best it can. We can imagine that there must be
further information to be "discovered" at some later date, even more
potentially powerful, but at this as at any given point in our
evolution, we have the opportunity to use what we know for the
benefit of all.
Modern technology provides us with many examples. Electronic
communication, for instance, allows us to send out our ideas to many
more people than previously possible. How do we use this? Do we use
deductive reasoning to promote our side of an issue, without
considering the opposite view? Do we try to reason inductively and
present all sides of an issue so that our readers can make up their
own minds? What about genetic engineering? Is it possible that the
work being done in this area is potentially beneficial to humanity,
or is it the result of misuse of the laws of nature for personal
See comments above.
Great achievements are the result of individuals and not of organizations.
A handful can change the world. So it is in the power of each one of us to
try. The results can vary due to various conditions. But it is our duty to Try!
More important, to my mind, is the question, what role does the
theosophist play in this scenario? If we feel, as theosophy teaches,
that our duty is to contribute to the evolution of our race toward a
universal consciousness of the unity of all life, how are we to do
this? What effect can we have on the trends of scientific research?
Do we have any power to help direct the action of science, or of
anything, toward the goal of positive application?
On 17 Feb 2002 at 23:35, MKR wrote:
> Well put. Once we understand how the word *works*, then it is awful
> power in the hands of the person who knows it and it is very likely
> the power be used for selfish use - taking advantage of the knowledge
> for personal gains -- either now or hereafter.
> While we may get bits and pieces of the operation of nature, an
> intelligent person can pick them up and understand how to act so that
> actions generate welfare and fairness to everyone.
> As you stated, since we do not see the whole picture, our
> understanding and conclusions based on a piece of the puzzle is bound
> to be wrong for most of the time.
> My .02
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