The Society

Editorial – Is a nucleus elitist?

Jan Nicolaas Kind – Brazil

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There is an ongoing discussion about the Theosophical Society’s first object, concerning the word nucleus. In this context we need to read “a” nucleus. In this editorial’s title, elitist is an adjective and this would indicate that it is referring to an elite and therefore might cause confusion. To come to an appropriate understanding of a word, it is always useful to explore what a word means; sometimes it has a variety of conflicting interpretations. Languages are dynamic and the significance of a word, over time, can change. Let’s examine elite.

ELITE:

  1. (This is the aristocratic version) Elite (from late 18th century French élite), is a term that originates from Latin eligere (“to choose, elect”). In political and sociological theory for a small group of powerful people that controls a disproportionate amount of wealth, privilege or political power in a society.

  1. (This is the liberal version, according to modern sociologists and anthropologists) The elites (plural) in a society or group are capable of the highest accomplishments in their specific fields, because of their intellectual and psychological development, abilities, and their willingness to share knowledge and skills.  

Elite is also used in military jargon: elite troops. Although we should object to the use of any military force, here it has a positive meaning. Elite troops are often called in to combat terrorist atrocities or to help in the event of a natural disaster. Also in science and education elite relates to the interpretation under # 2. Example: the government in the state of Queensland in Australia, developed an Elite Science Program and on its website, we read the following:

“The Queensland Government is committed to providing world-class education that nurtures excellence, fosters innovation and celebrates diversity. Advancing innovation and research in science education and practice in Queensland Government schools is crucial for cultivating students with the required scientific skills and knowledge for future economic growth.” https://eqi.com.au/study-options/study-tours/elite-science

Although elite, when used as mentioned under # 1 could leave a distorted impression, being outdated and no longer applicable, and taking in consideration that all the words we use, both in writing or in speech, cannot always into detail define an idea and contain limitations, we should not be afraid of the word as such.

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Mini-Interviews Maryanne Zarycka

The Society MI 2 Maryanne

1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

My name is Maryanne Zarycka. I'm originally from Burbank, California and moved to Paso Robles, California in 1981. I joined TS in December 2015. I have studied and explored different religions, religious science, metaphysics, assorted beliefs for 30 years, and was a member of the Central Coast Center for Spiritual Living for 10 years. I have always had a deep inner desire to seek the truth and find answers about creation, purpose, karma, reincarnation, and my part in it.

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Mini-Interviews Enrico Stagni

The Society MI 4 Enrico

1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

My name is Enrico Stagni, I live in a small village in the province of Vicenza, Northern Italy, not far from Venice. I joined the Italian Theosophical Society on December 25th 2009, so I’ve been a member of the Italian Section for almost seven years.

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Mini-Interviews Bouke van den Noort

The Society MI 6 Bouke

1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

Bouke van den Noort, The Hague, the Netherlands. Member since 2008.

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Mini-Interviews Zeneida Cereja da Silva

The Society MI 8 Zeneida

1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

My name is Zeneida Cereja da Silva, and I have been member of the TS since September 11, 1987.

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Mini-Interviews Sergio Moraes Júnior

The Society MI 10 Sergio

1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

My name is Sergio Moraes Júnior, was born in Rio de Janeiro and I joined the Theosophical Society in 1986, thirty years ago.

Read more: Mini-Interviews Sergio Moraes Júnior

Mini-Interviews Jenny van der Tak

The Society MI 12 Jenny

1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

My name is Jenny van der Tak, live in The Hague – the Netherlands, and I am a member of The Theosophical Society Point Loma – Blavatskyhouse since September 2004.

Read more: Mini-Interviews Jenny van der Tak

Mini-Interviews Alexey Besputin

The Society MI 14 Alexey Besputin

1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

My name is Alexey Besputin. Now I’m living in Moscow. I have been attending the meetings of TS in Russia and Ukraine since 2008. I received my TS membership diploma in 2010.

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Editorial

Jan Nicolaas Kind – Brazil

About New Initiatives, Changes, Replacements and Further Growth


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New initiatives are always welcome because new challenges offer the possibility to go deep, investigate and renovate. Not everything that takes off as “something new” will ultimately end up being successful, sometimes it is quite the opposite, but we should always try and go for renewal and innovation. Last May when the new roof of the Adyar Theater collapsed it was such a setback, not only for the team headed by International President Tim Boyd, but also for all members. At the same time, this unfortunate incident also offered new possibilities to work harder and do better, for which (and this is obvious) plain courage is required. 

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Mini-Interviews Clemice Petter

The Society MI 2 Clemice Petter

1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

Clemice Petter, born in Brazil and member of the Theosophical Society-Adyar since 2008.

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Mini-Interviews Jose Victor Peñaranda

The Society MI 4 Victor  Charlie

1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

I am Jose Victor Peñaranda of the Philippines. I became a member of the Society in 2001.

Read more: Mini-Interviews Jose Victor Peñaranda

Mini-Interviews Robert Moore

The Society MI 6 Robert Moore

1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

My name is Robert Moore. I live in Santa Barbara, CA. After finding the United Lodge of Theosophists here in Santa Barbara I decided to stay here, so I have been a member of ULT for about 45 years.

Read more: Mini-Interviews Robert Moore

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