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Re: [Young Theosophists] what is missing from the overall Theosophical Society

Sep 06, 2004 01:04 PM
by Eldon B Tucker

At 10:24 PM 8/23/2004, you wrote:
To everyone,

Along the lines of thought already began by Eldon, I would like to hear from others what they feel is missing from the overall Theosophical Society.

What would you like to see more of?

What opportunities would you like to have?

What might draw you into greater involvement?

There are well over a hundred people subscribed to this list. I would love to hear from as many as possible, even it is just a few words.


I haven't seen many replies, so I'll put forth a few more ideas the subject. Some are bigger ideas that likely will never happen. Others are more easily attainable. I'm just saying what readily comes to mind. This is in no way a comprehensive list.

1. Decentralization. Sell most of the Wheaton estate and buy regional centers. Insure that more people rotate through elected offices. Take away most restrictions against running for various offices. Divest most elected positions of most of their power, changing their function to facilitator and coordinator rather that manager and supervisor.

2. More socialization. Have some meetings and gatherings for people to get together on both regional and national scales. Involve children and families and the general public. Tie in with holidays. Make our own holiday, "Theosophy Day," and invent some holiday celebration to go with it. See how other theosophical groups have tried these things and learn from their experience.

3. More openness. Encourage joint meetings and cooperation between local branches of all the theosophical groups including the Pasadena T.S. and ULT. Publish a lodge directory showing all branches and contact people in the United States including those of the other societies.

4. Have a clearing house of "interesting ideas." References, quotes, reprints, and information on advances in science, religion, and philosophy would be collected and put online. A digest would be mailed to members or lodges. (These are the materials we all come across that spark our interest and we sometimes feel inclined to share on our mailing lists.)

5. Protect Freedom of Thought. Insure no one gets expelled for having contrary ideas about the philosophy, the history of our organization and its founders, or life in general. (The only reason for expulsion would be a pattern of acts harmful to other members or to the Society, like an attempt to bring in an overwhelming number of members from some church in order to take over the organization or a pattern of abusive attacks against the right of other members to participate and voice their own ideas.)

6. Comedy. Not everything in life is serious and if we cannot laugh at ourselves and the world, we've become way too pious and lost the theosophical spirit. This should be a regular feature in publications and meetings.

-- Eldon

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