Apolitical Attitudes | Is the Academician Political?


a p o l i t i c a l attitudes


Q. Why the Theos. Soc. (1875, N.Y.) state, that they’re APOLITICAL?

A. In the Theosophical Society, there was no sectarian religion, or partisan politics. Modern theosophy still has a doctrine, an interest in philosophy, classic and occult literature, &c. It is very critical, that we get people to see what is theosophy, or the ancient mysteries, as opposed to organisations that attempted to revive it, in some form or another. The Theosophical Society, claimed to be, in its original condition, bonafide, and connected to authentic lineages, that know this knowledge. The students (outside and within the organisation) and members are brought together by a common cause, and set of three (originally four) objects. Politics is individual, or independent. If you wish to offer solutions to the times, then by all means., but we argue, that the end result of the Theosophical Society originally, was not to merely make “intellectuals,” but true philanthropists. A “theosophist,” by the very word, is not a mere academic, be as it may, but a practical theurgist, mystic, and thaumaturgist. To claim to be a Theosophist, is to claim to be an adept (skilled) in the occult sciences, to certain degree, and a ‘man of action,’ in accordance with certain definite principles and verities. This is why Helena P. Blavatsky, one of the chief theoreticians of theosophists or movers of the 19th century always called us: students, would-be theosophists, aspirants, etc. The men, thought to be the associates and teachers of Helena P. Blavatsky, belonged to no Parties or political clubs. They are no Carbonari. and bayonet-carrying patriots, but they were nevertheless, patriots of their respective countries. The ideas embodied by us, are a collective expression of the whole gamut of history and currents. It has to be this way, to express the original idea.

George Fredrick Watts, Flowers, detail.
George Fredrick Watts, Flowers, detail.

Q. Is the Academician political?

A. No, but the effort is not apolitical. Think of it more as cultural renaissance, than state politics. Our love for the ancients, automatically gives us the flavour of elements in thought and aesthetic, respected from the Ancien Régime, or the “old order,” We ought to be cosmopolitan PHILOSOPHERS, first and foremost.

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