Ok, did that get your attention?
We hear it over and over again, "Why aren't more people interested in Theosophy?" And we all have the same answers that we give over and over again, but I think it can be put rather simply. Theosophy comes across as spiritual prune juice. It's boring!
Well, that is not exactly true. Theosophy can be anything but boring but Theosophists can be deadly bores. It does not mean that they are not nice people and fun to be around, after all, look at me, but let us be honest and realize that rounds and chains really do not hold much interest even for the most dedicated of us and no one is going to be around to see the end of the Manvantara so who cares?
Even our cherished Three Objects are really dated. I mean, outside of the Westboro Baptist Church and some gathering of the Taliban, you are not going to find many people who would even think of disagreeing with them.
We need to be more interesting but at the same we really need to get rid of the 19th century do-gooderism that still permeates our stuff. Let us be honest, no one gives a damn about crazy old Annie Besant and her damned match girls. What we need are more dugpas and fewer mahatmas. In short, we need to stop fighting the battles of 1890.
We need to emphasize the darker strain of Theosophy, not in the spiritual sense, but in the way Theosophy related and relates to the broader world. (And I use the word darker in a very specific way here so please bear with me.)
We do not like established order and we really hate the idea of spiritual authority. Theosophists, whether they admit it or not, tend to be bull-headed spiritual anarchists. That is why we fight among ourselves so much. No Theosophist worth his membership dues is going to let someone else tell him how to think. Now, in a world where there is a Westboro Baptist Church and the Taliban, spiritual anarchy is something that can be very unattractive to people we do not like but very attractive to people who not like them, to people who really value their spiritual autonomy.
So, with all due humor, let us be the Great Conspiracy. Let us be the enemies of the enemies of human freedom. Let us be the villains in the fundamentalists' dramas because the villain gets all the good lines. Let us be the underground of thoughtcrime, the doubleplus ungood badthinkers, Let us charge in where their angels dare not look much less tread.
We'll shock people. We'll scare the living daylights out of people, including some of our own people. But we will show that Theosophy is not boring nonsense.