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Was J.S. Bach a brilliant, but stodgy composer, as he’s often thought of, or an inspired rebel?
Date: 2/23/2019 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Lin Gold
Synopsis: Pictures of J.S. Bach present the very image of respectability. The fact is, he was incredibly tough, and he bucked authority. As a young man, he was a street brawler; he publically tangled with musicians who didn’t meet his standards, and he regularly challenged his employers. But what about the music? Bach fully developed the structure of modern tonal music, and then focused his rebellious nature to transcend form and create art of incredible depth and breadth. In Freemasonry, we study the arts and sciences so we can better understand the structure of our world, learn to focus our energies and manifest our potential. What clues do Bach’s life and music have for a traveler on the path of evolution?

Is the Art of Listening the key to human evolution?
Date: 3/23/2019 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Jill F. Alessandra
Synopsis: There are many ways people talk with others ... giving advice, instruction, sharing, demands. Is it possible to talk in a way that shows we listen? As Masons, we envision ourselves as rough material that must be cut and polished to be more useful to something bigger. Is there a way to communicate with each other that is cooperative from both people? That touches and unfolds our genuine selves?

"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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