Youth and Sex

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Youth and Sex

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In a letter to the Editors, T. Christmas Humphreys critiques the TS on failing to teach about sex and the proper control of sexuality to the youth of the Theosophical Society. "If the younger generation, demanding, as is their right, light on these difficulties, cannot find a solution in Theosophy, they will assuredly turn elsewhere ; a fact which well merits the attention oi the leaders of Theosophical thought, for it is on the younger generation that the continued existence of the T.S. ultimately depends."

Creator

Humphreys, Travers Christmas, 1901-1983

Source

The Theosophist, Vol. XLIV, No. 6, March 1923, pgs 665-666.

Publisher

The Theosophical Society (Adyar)

Date

1923-03-01

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Public Domain

Language

English

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PDF of scanned page.

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CORRESPONDENCE
YOUTH AND SEX
I UNDERSTAND that the Theosophical Society claims to be a progressive
force in modern thought, and yet it has so far completely
ignored one of the most vital questions of the day-the sex problem.
Like any other movement, our Society depends ultimately for its continued
existence on the younger generation, whose most pressing
difficulty, I submit, is, and always has been, the control and transmutation
of the potentially finest and yet most often degraded force in
one's being, the great " creative urge,'' or sex instinct.
While the Theosophical Society, claiming, as it does, deeper
knowledge of the fundamental problems of life, does absolutely nothing,
it is left for others, bereft of any occult knowledge, to attempt the
thankless and extremely delicate task of providing a common-sense
answet" to the insistent demands of youth. Young men and women,
about to step into the arena of life for the first time, do not want
details of Rounds and Chains, or mystical accounts of Cosmic Initiations,
but practical advice from those with greater experience than
themselves on the method of dealing with the difficulties which beset
them at every turn ; and where is there a problem which, wrongly
handled, can cause more harm, or, rightly handled, can liberate more
energy for the helping of the world, than in the field of sex ?
If the younger generation, demanding, as is their right, light on
these difficulties, cannot find a solution in Theosophy, they will assuredly
turn elsewhere ; a fact which well merits the attention oi the leaders
of Theosophical thought, for it is on the younger generation that the
continued existence of the T.S. ultimately depends.
What is the reason for this silence and inaction ? Is it cowardice,
on the principle that, if a thing is difficult, the wisest thing for every
one is to leave it to some one else, or is it prudery? If the T.S. is
going to continue to exhibit the same hypocrisy and Victorian prudery
on sex questions as is shewn by contemporary societies of a similar
nature, the sooner it abandons its pretentious ideals the better.
Youth will turn to the philosophy that will provide a reasonable
solution to its difficulties, and a problem that young people are frankly
and freely discussing among themselves at the present time is, I submit,
a subject worthy of the best brains in our Society. Such vague
remarks as "transmutation, not suppression" are all very well as far
666 THE THEOSOPHIST MARCH
as they go, but the youth of to-day needs detailed, practicable, tested
advice on the means whereby this ideal end may be obtained. Some
there are who find a solution to their difficulties by experiment and
personal research- not a particularly healthy method; while others
follow the questionable advice of well-intentioned but ignorant
investigators. Meanwhile the Society that claims most knowledge
imparts least to the world.
Let the Theosophical Society wake up to its responsibilities, and
let prudery and other archaic childishness be relegated to the limbo of
forgotten things. Otherwise youth will find its own solution elsewhere,
and when the day dawns on which the present leaders of the
T.S. will look to the younger generation to "carry on," the latter may
truthfully reply : "You did not help us when we needed help, why
should W£ help you now? "-which means that the T.S. will thereupon
come to an inglorious end, for it is on the younge r generation that
its continued ou ~n existence ultimately depencts.
I hope you will give full publicity to what I have reason to believe
is, however badly expressed, the unspoken thought of the
majority of my own generation in the Theosophical Society.
T. C. HUMPHREYS
XLIV No. 6
THE THEOSOPHIST

Original Format

Letter to the Editor in print journal.

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T.C. Humphreys - Youth and Sex.pdf

Citation

Humphreys, Travers Christmas, 1901-1983, “Youth and Sex,” John L. Crow's Akashic Archive, accessed May 23, 2019, http://archive.johnlcrow.com/items/show/80.

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