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Mini-interviews Kayla Upton

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

My name is Kayla Upton and I’m from New Plymouth which is a coastal town on the west side of New Zealand. I’ve been a member of the Theosophical Society for 3 years however I would say that I had a very Theosophical upbringing.

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Mini-interviews Marina De Grandis

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

My name is Marina De Grandis, I am from Italy, was born in Venice and am a member of the TS since 1999.

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Mini-interviews Mark Becking

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

My name is Mark Becking from the Netherlands. I‘ve been a member for three years (2016).

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Editorial -The Craft of being Open Minded

Jan Nicolaas Kind – Brazil

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The author

Generally speaking, openness refers to the willingness to hear and consider different ideas and to try new things. Open individuals usually accept others' values and beliefs; an open mind doesn't quickly reject oppositional opinions as wrong. People are sufficiently open-minded if they are receptive to strong arguments against their committed beliefs.

Jeremy E. Sherman - Social Science Researcher

Theosophists, no matter what tradition or stream they belong to, are supposed to be freethinkers. According to most dictionaries a freethinker is a person who rejects accepted opinions, especially those concerning religious beliefs.

Freedom of Thought is embedded into the DNA of Theosophy. As Theosophists, we think of ourselves as having open minds and the ability to think for ourselves. In some cases that’s more aspirational than actual. We have as many closed-minded people as any other organization – and according to some, even more. (1)

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Mini-interviews Jaap Trouw

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

My name is Jaap (Jacob) Trouw. I live in The Hague in the Netherlands with my wife Marijke. We are both members of the TS and of The Hague Lodge since 2011.

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