Re: Theos-World Re: [Young Theosophists] what is missing from the overall Theosophical Society
Sep 06, 2004 02:01 PM
by Bart Lidofsky
Eldon B Tucker wrote:
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.
You are actually talking about more centralization; having Lodges owned
by National, rather than independent. Better: Provide low-interest loans
to Lodges who wish to build a permanent center. As far as changing the
powers, I would like to know how you would change them, and what
problems that would solve, before I could venture an opinion.
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.
That's the sort of thing the Federations are supposed to be doing. I'm
sure that, if you wanted to do it within your own Federation, National
would support the idea.
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.
I think you have it backwards. I think that the impetus needs to come
from individuals, and then National should lend support.
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.)
I've tried this. I created a Yahoo group called "Theosophical Society
Lodge Talk" ( http://groups.yahoo.com/group/theoslodges ) for that kind
of thing (as well as practical communication between lodges), and only
about a dozen people joined. I guess I could write to Betty Bland again
and see if she can give it some publicity.
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.
And when did that happen last?
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
I actually just proposed to Betty Bland the possibility of my writing
on-topic humor pieces for the Quest Magazine. They are not currently
interested (and it wasn't my writing; I was told that serious articles
WOULD be considered for submission).
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