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Re: Theos-World *** official message *** things getting a bit too wild on the list

Nov 23, 2002 09:05 PM
by Etzion Becker

Dear Eldon, I requested to re-join the List a while ago, since I have a few
questions regarding the Secret Doctrine. Maybe it would be better to have an
access to the archives, as I do with another List, which helps to choose
only those topics of interest, without being exposed to flame wars. Or maybe
I can post to the List, and receive answers as backchannel. I'll appreciate
your assistance. Love in Him. Etzion
----- Original Message -----
From: "Eldon B Tucker" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, November 24, 2002 6:48 AM
Subject: Theos-World *** official message *** things getting a bit too wild
on the list

> Generally, I like to think of the mailing list as a microcosm of the
> greater community of people that might want to talk about Theosophy.
> There would be some chaos at times, but I would expect a
> constructive order to arise out of the chaos and something of value
> to come of the exchanges.
> At the present, the way that people have been treating each other
> has been poor. In the past five days, we've gotten three new
> subscribers and had seven unsubscribe. I've gotten various letters
> complaining about things. I'll be thinking about what to do and try
> to come up with something by Sunday. (It's still Saturday night in
> California as I write this.)
> Meanwhile, I'll say that the purpose of the list is to explore the
> theosophical philosophy, which includes a comparative and respectful
> study of other beliefs. No one has the final word to speak on
> Theosophy to the others, either as an authority on its doctrines nor
> as the one, true historian knowing exactly what is behind it all.
> Everyone, please try to communicate in a way that is not dogmatic in
> tone nor hostile to other fellow seekers.
> The intended purpose of the list is not to be a battleground for
> anyone seeking to "debunk" it. It is to explore and understand the
> philosophy and follow a spiritual quest. It is intended to be a
> library, lecture hall, church, or nature retreat, not a courtroom
> where litigants can bring charges, making challenge after challenge.
> People on the list are mainly here to learn, study, and share in a
> mutual spiritual quest. Aggressive missionaries for other beliefs
> should put down their weapons of war and join us in peace, or go do
> battle elsewhere. People don't want their time wasted countering an
> unrelenting assult on characters they may consider their Gurus or on
> noble sentiments that they hold close to their hearts.
> I would also like to mention something that appears on all the
> Theosophy World web pages: Please note that the materials presented
> are the intellectual property of their respective authors and may
> not be reposted or otherwise republished without prior permission.
> In a scholarly work, a short quote with proper citations may be made
> of a work, although if it is taken out of context or misrepresented,
> its use is unethical. Copying of entire messages or misrepresenting
> things is not acceptable behavior, though, and is intolerable.
> Anyone with suggestions should write me and I'll consider them while
> pondering what to do about the mess the list seems to be in.
> Meanwhile, I'd suggest that we keep up the good postings and simply
> ignore the ones that may be objectionable.
> -- Eldon Tucker (writing as listowner)
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