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Does the end justify the means?
Date: 11/24/2018 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Bro. Janet Castro
Synopsis: This is a phrase taken from the Latin text "Medulla theologiae moralis" (1645). The phrase found literally says: "Cum finis est licitus, etiam media sunt tender" which means "When the end is licit so is the means." The Freemason is inclined to investigate this powerful axiom as both the means and the end carry a moral burden and an inevitable impact. This month's MPS will focus on the different ethical meanings that this controversial maxim contains.

"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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