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Re: Theos-World To Bill: These Theosophy Lists

Sep 20, 2004 08:02 PM
by Bill Meredith

----- Original Message ----- From: "Daniel H. Caldwell" <>
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Sent: Monday, September 20, 2004 9:56 PM
Subject: Theos-World To Bill: These Theosophy Lists


You wrote in part:


Lately, I have been wondering if these theosophy
lists have not developed their own "mark of the
beast" for me in the sense that the topics and
discussions more or less go round and round
through the same material. . . . sometimes I
wonder if this internet activity isn't like
reading the same book over and over in some respects.


Bill, I know what you are referring to but why not
introduce a new topic? Something not covered
before or something that is relevant to you.

Daniel, you make a good point. Could you give an example of a new topic that has not been covered before? It might help us to get a discussion going.

I believe there are 262 subscribers to Theos-
Talk. I would think some of these subscribers
could post something "new" or "different" if
they actually wanted to.

I find it somewhat puzzling that there
are so few indepth and serious discussions
on these lists.

Some regulars here seem anxious to pounce on any topic and quickly turn it into a relentless campaign to vindicate a particular understanding of theosophy. Rather than a genuine interest in a fellow human being's current understanding and a gentle exposition of one's own current understanding, a vocal few seem determined to win a debate at any and all costs. Only total surrender from their opponent appears to satisfy them. I think that this type of behaviour causes many list members to hold their views close lest they suddenly find themselves on the receiving end of an inquisition.

Here is a medium which affords all of us
access to people scattered all over the globe yet
we actually don't seem to want to communicate
that much with each other and then we avoid
dealing in any depth with many issues or just
avoid any comment on other issues.

My original intent was simply to share something that I have been wondering about. I do acknowledge that there are some good discussions here at times and on some of the other theosophy lists as well. As Eldon pointed out, certainly the potential for discussion exceeds what we might find in our own neighborhoods. Steve is doing a good job getting the theosophia list off the ground and Theos-l has Jerry Schueller active on it. I have learned much from Jerry.

O well, different strokes for different folks.

Thankfully this is true.



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