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Is Democracy a Viable System of Government or a Transient Political Anomaly?
Date: 5/26/2018 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Marius Cuciulan
Synopsis: Allowing for a dictator to come to power and especially to maintain control over the entire spectrum of political, social, and economic affairs of a country can happen only with the tacit approval of the majority. Throughout the history of humanity democracies were scarce and did not last very long, shortly after a democratic system emerged the nation in question would either collapse or would revert to an authoritarian regime. In that sense, democracy is an anomaly. Ancient Greek democracy lasted for 186 years, democracy in the Roman republic lasted for about 250 years. American democracy has been in effect for about 230 years. Our discussion will center on the relationship that exists between collective narcissism and its effect on weakening democracy. Freemasonry strives to do away with all divisions that exist in the human society, and unite everyone regardless of race, nationality, sex, religion under one banner. In that regard, Freemasonry is the opposite of nationalism and collective narcissism. If we are to agree with the hypothesis that collective narcissism and xenophobia are the main factors that allow for dictatorships to thrive, Freemasonry could be in this context understood as a champion of democracy.

Does an Organization Need a Leader?
Date: 7/28/2018 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Sandy McKeown
Synopsis: Masonry is a hierarchical structure that uses a particular method of organization. The pyramid (a symbol connected to Freemasonry) was also the symbol representing the Piscean age, one entity on top and all those below defer their power to this single being. As mankind enters a new age – the age of Aquarius, information and technology will guide us. Power will become as the Internet, decentralized. The pyramid will flatten and man as an individual will assume power. What symbol will this age adopt? Perhaps this discourse screams NEW AGE CONSPIRACY!! Incorporating the guidance of the book, "The Starfish and the Spider" by Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom, join the debate as to whether the structure of Masonry will become obsolete as the world changes to accommodate a new world order.

Will Crypto Currency Save Humanity from Greed and Corruption?
Date: 8/25/2018 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Matias Cumsille
Synopsis: For thousands of years governments have manipulated currencies to fund wars, maintain massive bureaucracies, and to impoverish their people. However, with the advent of currencies like Bitcoin, this corruption and abuse of power could come to an end. But who controls these new digital style dollars? We will explore what is money, how crypto currency could change everything, and why Freemasons must be ready to embrace the future!

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest ... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Albert Einstien
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