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Subject: A msg of interest to recent subscribers
From: M K Ramadoss
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001

Three years ago I posted a msg on theos-l which I happened to locate when I searched on yahoo. This might interest some of the newer subscribers who may not have seen the msg. mkr

Date: Tue, 03 Mar 1998 21:21:23 -0600 From: "M K Ramadoss"
Subject: Re:The Political Material That Fills theos-l snip

First of all, we need to understand the fundamental fact that unmoderated (uncensored) maillists are a totally new medium not like any world has seen in the past.

It is a great level field in which men and women, members and non members alike can speak up their minds and views with no fear of being censored or controlled directly or indirectly. The world all over in the past is used to censored and controlled communication medium for too long a time and hence coming up to speed to deal with the new medium is going to not easy both culturally and intellectually especially for the organizations.

We all need to look at Theosophy and Theosophical Society. Even a newbee should know the strengths and solidity of Theosophy and not to confuse it with the strengths and weaknesses and administrative and organizational problems of the organization both in the past as well as in the present as well as the current leadership. This applies not only to the United States but other countries in the world as well. I would rather associate myself with an organization whose past and present problems I am fullly aware up front rather than taken by surprise when it is too late.

When anyone speaks up their mind in a free forum like this, it should be very welcome.

People who take the time to post msgs do it using their computer, pay for their Internet connection, and take their personal time to write and post the msgs. Why do they do it? It is their enthusiasm for the future of Theosophy and the organization and the organizational issues they are concerned about. If the responses appear to show anger or any other characteristic, one should not forget the enthusiasm that is the driving force behind them. It is quite possible that from time to time there may have been msgs which contained incorrect information or facts. I know that everyone posting msgs here are honest and well meaning and trustworthy person and honest mistakes if any are likely due to lack of accurate information or facts in their possession. When such situations arise, it is the duty of everyone to post a msg to correct the info or facts.

It is quite possible that it is only those in administration who know the actual facts and are in a position to correct any wrong facts posted here. If not corrected promptly, no one on this list should be blamed.

Looking at the downward membership trend of TS, surely many of those posting msgs are really concerned and are thinking out loud. Such an activity should be welcomed because it would give some ideas to think about and may even save the organization. So however unsavory or harsh such posts may look, one should take time and look at them with a view to see if it could help.

We need to keep in mind that many of the comments on the leadership and organization which may look like skepticism may in fact based on one or more of past actions of the leadership and the organization. Such questioning and caution is very healthy for everybody.

I am copying this Ed for his info.

My 0.002

M K Ramadoss