A CALL FOR CIVILITY, AND RESPECTFUL DIALOGUE
May 17, 2012 06:10 PM
A CALL FOR CIVILITY AND RESPECTFUL DIALOGUE
I for one, and I know that there are many others out there,
take exception and offense at Mr.Jacqua's previous post and
derogatory remarks about Dr. Annie Besant and Mr.Leadbeater.
First there are many testimonials to the integrity and dedication of Dr.Besant. The following link will provide testimonials to the integrity of Mr.Leadbeater, if one is concerned in discovering the
TRUTH of things, and not merely rehashing unproven slander.
Mr. Leadbeaater was indeed a controversial figure, BUT
NO PROVEN FACTS OR CONVICTION WERE EVER established, just slander,
innuendo, and viscious gossip.
We do NOT have to agree with or even like Mr.Leadbeater, but this gives us no right to bring up old slander and gossip to denigrate his personality.
We have an inherent right to dis-agree with one another, that is NOT in question. But to resort to emotional, biased flaming, and personal attacks does NOTHING to lend credibility to one's argument.
Dr. Besant and Mr.Leadbeater were unique products of their time. They
in good faith followed what they percieved to be their special mission. Many Theosophists around the world hold them in great esteem for the work they did. No doubt, there will always be great differences of opinion among Theosophists about them, thats all OK. We do NOT have to agree. But we should remain in respectful dialogue and seek a further understanding. Resorting to personal attacks, flaming, innuendo and gossip are never conducive to respecrtful dialogue.
We CAN dis-agree without being dis-agreeable.
One can only hope that Theosophists will keep the tenor of their
discussions on a level that reflects the rational, thoughtful, and compassionate human beings we claim to be.
Cordially and Fraternally;
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