--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "L B Shriver" 
<[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

"There are signs lately that this judgmentalism is softening within 
the
university. Of course,
there is no lack of judgments being held in the community south of 
the
university, either.
The difference is that the TMO has the capability to enforce some of 
its
judgments,
therefore signs of progress there bode well for all of us."

LBS, what you have had some "heartfelt" two-way conversation with 
them up there, but really what signs are there that have changed?  
If they administratively do not 'look the other way', the guidelines 
have not changed.  The guidelines themselves have not changed. That 
is not very firm ground to go forward with them on with the 
meditating community.  

There has been no real ceasefire on their part.  The enduring 
problem with them for the meditating community here is 
those 'guidelines'.  Are you now colaberating with them "up there" 
on this a public relations ploy; have they not turned you to the 
dark side?  Yes I agree with you that FF's best year's are to come.  
It is getting there.

-Doug in FF



>
> Fairfield's Future
> 
> Over the past several years, I have engaged in countless 
conversations about the state of 
> Fairfield and its prospects for the future. I have generally taken 
the position that Fairfield's 
> best years are yet to come. A few years ago, most of the people I 
engaged on this topic 
> were surprised by my position and only a few agreed. Within the 
past year, however, I 
> would say that the majority agree: Fairfield's best years are yet 
to come.
> 
> Fairfield has a unique mix of businesses and industries. The only 
weakness there is that 
> the economic base is not currently strong enough to support more 
people who would like 
> to be living here but can't afford it.
> 
> Nevertheless, the infrastructure here is good and the local 
government is forward-looking, 
> The entrepreneurial environment is outstanding. 
> 
> In what some would regard as a worst case scenario, we must 
consider the possibility that 
> the university might tank. Although on one level that would be a 
loss,  no one knows what 
> might follow in its wake, including many fresh possibilities that 
none of us have 
> considered.
> 
> On the other hand, the university has shown some signs of life 
lately. Aside from the 
> physical transformation of the campus, it has attracted some 
talented people. There are 
> signs here and there of the tide finally turning. Too early to say 
how far this will go, but if 
> the university has its own little renaissance, the rest of the 
community will benefit as well. 
> 
> It is my contention that either way—with or without a viable TM 
organization—Fairfield will 
> thrive.
> 
> I admit there is a bit of a paradox here that is uncomfortable for 
some people to address. 
> It is simply this: 
> 
> Without Maharishi this community would never have been created, 
and the opportunities 
> and quality of life found here would never have come into 
existence. On the other, the 
> days are long gone where one could legitimately say that Fairfield 
is Maharishi's town. It 
> has evolved into something more complex and diverse, and in my 
view it is this 
> evolutionary development toward diversity that gives the community 
its viability.
> 
> The judgement that this diversity is damaging to the community is 
both an anachronism 
> and a source of continuing bad feeling within the community. In 
fact, this judgement itself 
> is perhaps the biggest single barrier to the community's progress, 
at least on the spiritual 
> level.
> 
> There are signs lately that this judgmentalism is softening within 
the university. Of course, 
> there is no lack of judgments being held in the community south of 
the university, either. 
> The difference is that the TMO has the capability to enforce some 
of its judgments, 
> therefore signs of progress there bode well for all of us.
> 
> This is why I am optimistic about the future of the community. One 
way or another, the 
> most  spiritually regressive aspects of the community 
consciousness will be purged. There 
> is nothing especially magic or unexpected about this; when 
something goes as far as it 
> can go in one direction, the pendulum, as they say, swings the 
other way.
> 
> L B S
>







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