Locking the Theosophy Thread

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  1. Avi

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    I am a little surprised that the Theosophy thread was locked down and more surprised by the reasons given.

    First of all, I could understand locking all threads on Theosophy, because this is a religious philosophy based on racial superiority. But this was not the reason given for lock down.

    As far as keeping the thread on topic, all of the discussion was about Theosophy. I am becoming more interested in learning about this subject and Nick likes to explain it.

    In terms of keeping the discussion civil, there was no profanity used and just because the discussion becomes a bit heated, that does not mean it is not civil.

    Is there a formal appeal process for a thread lockdown :D ?
     
  2. iBrian

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    Ben thought the thread was turning into a potential flame war, not least with the racial superiority comments.

    However, have re-opened it to see where this goes - I have no idea whether there really is a racial superiority issue with Theosophy in the sense we understand, but I'd like to see how discussion proceeds without being seen to censor anything unnecessarily.
     
  3. Nick the Pilot

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    If Avi keeps claiming that Theosophy is a religious philosophy based on racial superiority, he may very well be forced to reincarnate as a Theosophist next time and deal with the bad karma that he is creating. Poor Avi!

    Hey Avi, I am going to give you a Theosophical name now, so you can used to thinking of yourself as a Theosophist in your next lifetime. How about us calling you Henry? Yeah, the name of one of the founders of Theosophy suits you nicely. I can't wait to see how you do as a non-cooperative Theosophist in your next life, being forced to defend yourself against your own claims of being a racist. This should be interesting....

    Keep smiling, Henry!
     
  4. iBrian

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    Let's be clear, the thread is only open so long as both of you can try and act civilised - if it's only going to result in playground banter, I may as well close it and let you both find something more useful to focus your energies on.

    Both of you - time to cut it out. :)
     
  5. Avi

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    At least Nick did not give me the nickname of the darling of the Theosophical movement.................Adolf !!

    Thread Locked :D
     
  6. Snoopy

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    Does this not suggest that any thread with a topic of (for example) Nazism would always be locked because it would neccessarily contain comments about racial superiority? :confused:

    I too was surprised by the lock down, for the same reasons given by Avi.

    s.
     
  7. Tao_Equus

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    Damn....was just about to rep you then you have to go and dress up in your mummies pinny again!!
     
  8. seattlegal

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    Godwin's Law

    Godwin's Law (also known as Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies)[1] is a humorous observation coined by Mike Godwin in 1990, and which has become an Internet adage. It states: "As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1."[2][3]
    Godwin's Law is often cited in online discussions as a deterrent against the use of arguments in the widespread reductio ad Hitlerum form. The rule does not make any statement about whether any particular reference or comparison to Adolf Hitler or the Nazis might be appropriate, but only asserts that the likelihood of such a reference or comparison arising increases as the discussion progresses. It is precisely because such a comparison or reference may sometimes be appropriate, Godwin has argued,[4] that overuse of Nazi and Hitler comparisons should be avoided, because it robs the valid comparisons of their impact.
    Although in one of its early forms Godwin's Law referred specifically to Usenet newsgroup discussions,[5] the law is now applied to any threaded online discussion: electronic mailing lists, message boards, chat rooms, and more recently blog comment threads and wiki talk pages.

    There are many corollaries to Godwin's law, some considered more canonical (by being adopted by Godwin himself)[2] than others invented later.[1] For example, there is a tradition in many newsgroups and other Internet discussion forums that once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically "lost" whatever debate was in progress. This principle itself is frequently referred to as Godwin's Law. It is considered poor form to raise such a comparison arbitrarily with the motive of ending the thread. There is a widely recognized codicil that any such ulterior-motive invocation of Godwin's law will be unsuccessful (this is sometimes referred to as "Quirk's Exception").[6]
    Godwin's Law applies especially to inappropriate, inordinate, or hyperbolic comparisons of other situations (or one's opponent) with Hitler or Nazis or their actions. The corollaries of the law would presumably not apply to discussions covering genocide, propaganda, or other mainstays of the Nazi Germany, or – more debatably – to discussion of other totalitarian regimes. Whether it applies to humorous use or references to oneself is open to interpretation, because although mentioning and trivializing Nazism in an online discussion, this would not be a fallacious attack against a debate opponent.
    However, Godwin's Law itself can be abused, as a distraction, diversion or even censorship, that fallaciously miscasts an opponent's argument as hyperbole, especially if the comparisons made by the argument are actually appropriate. A 2005 Reason magazine article argued that Godwin's Law is often misused to ridicule even valid comparisons.[7]

     
  9. seattlegal

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    Let's push this line of reasoning into the area of the absurd to show where it leads: If you want to bring Hitler and speculate as to the source of his inspiration in his campaign to commit genocide against the Jews, one could equally ask what was the inspiration for the ancient Israelites to go on their genocidal rampages recounted in the Hebrew scriptures? Jeez. :rolleyes:
     
  10. Avi

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    SG, your argument reminds of the "Soup Nazi" episode of Seinfeld:

    The Soup Nazi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I am in agreement that the terms "-Nazi" and "-Fascist" are overused. And when that happens it de-emphasizes the importance of how terrible this regime was. I am very familiar with this trend and make sure that I do not use these terms lightly.

    And I have not done so in this case. Have you examined the case for why Adolf Hitler and the Nazi's choose Theosophy as their main religious philosophy ? Do you agree with Nick's hypothesis of the 60 ft. men which roamed the earth ? I have been reviewing the evidence that I can and I see a strong linkage with what is called "Ariosophy" an early precursor to Nazism. Godwin's rule does not apply to this issue !!

    The tone of your post is in agreement with Nick's position, so I just want to understand yours.
     
  11. Avi

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    I knew it was a just a matter of time until someone drew this card in the arguement. It is another boogey-man argument. Even Nick did not try to pull that card.

    Of course the Old Testament has a great deal of violence and fighting. It was written by a primative society over 2,500 years ago. Theosophy was written 100 years ago. You are comparing the two inappropriately.

    In addition, you have seen enough of my posts to know that I am not a literal interpretor of the Bible. So it should not surprise you that I do not support or condone the examples of wonton violence in the Bible. I believe much of the Bible is metaphor and allegory.

    Are you suggesting that non-literal interpretation of the "Secret Code" is the case for the racial theories of Theosophy ? That would be a new slant.
     
  12. seattlegal

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    I'm not into the kind of spiritual materialism connected to bloodlines and DNA, if that is what you mean, nor am I into Theosophy. However, if you do want to push the issue, please do tell me about the inspiration the ancients Israelites had for their genocidal rampages, and we can compare them to the Theosophists and Hitler. (I think both of them mention something about the giants or Nephilim.)
     
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    I told you it was absurd. :)

    You are the one who pulled the genocide card first. :D

    Perhaps this would be a place to begin a comparison of the ancient Israelites and Hitler, then? :D

    I'm not suggesting anything of the sort.
     
  14. Nick the Pilot

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    "Theosophy was written 100 years ago."

    --> The Theosophical literature which appeared 100 years ago is a re-release of the same information which has (according to Theosophy) been re-released many times over thousands of years. Theosophy's Stanzas of Dzyan is as old as the original copy of the pre-Jewish Torah, because they were originally the same book.

    Seattlegal, you said,

    "...please do tell me about the inspiration the ancients Israelites had for their genocidal rampages...."

    "Perhaps this would be a place to begin a comparison of the ancient Israelites and Hitler, then?"

    --> I do not know that matching Avi's negativity with more negativity is of much benefit. We can only hope that Avi will accept our offer to turn this around into a positive discussion.

    "I think both of them mention something about the giants or Nephilim."

    --> Does Jewish historical literature mention the giants? If it does, Avi's mocking of the giants-theory mocks Jewish historical literature. I would be very interested to hear what Jewish historical literature says about the giants, if anything.
     
  15. seattlegal

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    What did Madame Blavatsky write about the beliefs of the ancient Israelites?

    I'm not one to bandage an injury lightly, say shalom, and sweep it under the rug for it to fester.

    He says doesn't take it literally. How many levels of interpretation are there? I know there are several levels of interpretation in both the Hebrew and the Theosophical traditions, but I am not familiar with them. This is an area that I would be interested in exploring, and comparing the actions people have taken (good and evil) from different level interpretations. Perhaps this would be a good place to start a civilized discussion, and it might explain why Hitler went off on the Jews. (Making the same interpretive mistake?)
     
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    Seattlegal, you asked,

    "What did Madame Blavatsky write about the beliefs of the ancient Israelites?"

    --> This could turn into a long and complicated answer. The ancient Israelites are seen as believing in a monotheistic religion that was passed down from a prehistoric monotheistic religion that originated in India. (It is said that this was the first monotheistic religion to ever appear on earth.) The forms of present-day Hinduism (according to Theosophy) are the descendents of that same original religion. It is fascinating to look at Hinduism and Judiaism, and consider that they both evolved from the same original religion (which is a basic Thesophical teaching.) I hope I answered your question, and please feel free to ask more about this fascinating topic.

    Theosophy also says that Yaweh is the "patron saint" of Jews, which explains where the idea of being the chosen people originates from -- of course the Jewish people are the chosen people of their own "patron saint." The idea of Yaweh's being "promoted" later to the Almighty explains why things have come to be what they are today.

    "I'm not one to bandage an injury lightly, say shalom, and sweep it under the rug for it to fester."

    --> I feel the same way. But, as Tevya says in Fiddler on the Roof (which I watched last night), practicing an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth will leave everyone in the world sightless and toothless. I remember a quote from the old Kung-Fu TV series, "Some men receive injury, but return kindness." And, we can find solice in the idea that, IF Avi has created himself some bad karma, he will eventually be held accountable. The beauty of my belief system is that everyone is held accountable 100% for what they do, no sins can be forgiven.

    "He says doesn't take it literally."

    --> Fortunately, there are those of us who do. The amazing thing about Theosophy is that it says parts of Genesis really happened, when most people would expect Theosophy to say the exact opposite. Genesis says humanity was created on the Sixth Day and that Adam and Even were created later, which Theosophy says is more correct than most people realize.

    "How many levels of interpretation are there?"

    --> It is an interesting idea, that the giants-theory can be interpreted at more levels than just a literal one. (I prefer the literal interpretation.) I am interested to hear anyone who sees these stories in more figurative ways.

    "Perhaps this would be a good place to start a civilized discussion, and it might explain why Hitler went off on the Jews."

    --> This might better be discussed in the thread elsewhere on why some people hate the Jews.
     
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    I've heard of this called the Kalama Law. ;)

    s.
     
  18. seattlegal

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    Hehehe! :D
     
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    Ok.


    This comment made me pull out my JPS Study Bible (it is the most non-literal of the Jewish Bibles) and look up Nephlim.

    There are two cases:

    So in this passage, it is not even mentioned that they are giants, just "divine" (only the commentary mentions giants).

    The second case applies to our discussion:

    As a child in Hebrew School I learned that the Nephilim were not physically giants of enormous size, as Nick believes, and as the bold phrase suggests. Instead, this portion refers to the psychological issue which the Israelites had to deal with. After 400 years of subjugation in Egypt they were not prepared for the ordeal of returning to Israel and fighting with the well established Canaanites. In fact they would spend 40 years as nomads in the desert before they were ready for the battles they would face. This is not to say the Caananite population were not physically larger than the Jews. But there is no indication that they were 60 ft. tall, as Nick believes.

    More importantly, please let's not lose touch with reality. There is absolutely no archeological or anthorpological evidence that any such race existed, less so that they were the builders of Stonehenge :).
     
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    I think if we limited belief only according to archaeological records, there would be little room for religion in general. I think that's why it's called "Faith". :)
     

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