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"Is The Quality of Mercy Among Masons Strained?"
Date: 2/22/2020 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Karen Kidd
Synopsis: Freemasons, particularly those of the Malecraft Obediences, are known for their charity and good works, I know of no Brother, in any Obedience, who would willingly suffer a child to go hungry or would not assist a stranger in distress, so far as it is in their power to do so. And yet, strangely, I've known quite a few Freemasons who will willingly knock a would-be Candidate off their path toward the Craft, or who will be mercilessly critical of how another Freemason labors upon their own path. Why is this so? Is Mercy something directed outward from the Craft but we show our true nature within? Or is it we are more human with each other than we are wit the "other?"

"Is Art Necessary?"
Date: 3/28/2020 11:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Molly Shanks Hughes
Synopsis: Although its manifestations have changed over time, and has found new ways of expression, art has remained a constant part of the human experience. Is art in some form essential to the health of the human spirit? How does our modern understanding of art inform our understanding of form vs. function? Where do we draw the lines between what is Art, and what is Something Else (i.e., Science?) How do these lines intersect, where are they parallel, and where do they conflict? Masonic philosophy leans quite heavily upon the allegory of the stonemason's work which should be scientific and precise. If Art is necessary, how do we fit it into our Masonic principles in a harmonious way?

"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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