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Englewood Public Library 1000 Englewood PkwyEnglewood, CO 80110
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Should museums return artifacts to their country of origin?
Date: 3/19/2019 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Bro. Sandy McKeown
Synopsis: Repatriation is the return of art or cultural heritage to the country of origin or to their heirs. These objects can be sculptures, paintings, monuments, or human remains as examples. It can be argued that artifacts are a part of universal human history and need to be available to the public to disseminate the knowledge of the culture. However, it can also be argued that art taken out of the country as a spoil of war, looting, imperialism, and colonialism is unethical. This type of behavior only perpetuates colonialism. Join in the debate and also learn what a Freemason would do!

The Moral Philosophy of Immanuel Kant: Is Morality Self-Evident or Taught?
Date: 5/21/2019 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Bro. Elaine Phelen
Synopsis: What is morality? There is an aphorism, “manners maketh man,” which implies that manners are fundamental to our humanity. However, do good manners equate to morally upright behavior? In his book, The Fundamentals of the Metaphysics of Morality, German Philosopher Immanuel Kant explains the essential metaphysical laws governing moral experience. He argues that these laws are metaphysical in that they can be discerned "a priori," i.e. by the exercise of pure reason and without external reference. In Metaphysics, Kant lays the foundation for his entire philosophy by developing the concept of a "Categorical Imperative," an absolute, unconditional requirement that must be obeyed in all circumstances, justified as an end in itself. Simply stated: Act only when you can will that such action should become a Universal Law for all mankind.  Freemasonry has been described as "a peculiar system of morality." Is morality specific to certain groups of individuals or universal for all of humanity? Is correct moral action self-evident or must it be taught?  Join the discussion to learn more about Masonry, morality, and the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant.

Is Health Hacking the future of western medicine?
Date: 7/16/2019 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Bro. Sandy McKeown
Synopsis: Health hacking is the practice of using science, biology, and/or self-experimentation to take control of your health, mind and life. The health system in our country has been lacking in many ways for years. Healthcare for everyone has been a lost cause that will never be found. Doctors are overworked and controlled by corporations larger than themselves. The monthly premium of healthcare, the cost of prescriptions, doctor visits and exams extend beyond the limits of most. Many people are taking up the quest for increased health and longevity by applying the methods of health hacking. What will this mean for the future of healthcare? Is it ludicrous or sound judgment? How can this possibly relate to Freemasonry?

The Hindu Law of Dharma: Antiquated Dogma or Inherent Duty?
Date: 11/19/2019 6:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Bro. Elaine Phelen
Synopsis: Dharma is an integral concept in many eastern religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. In Hinduism, Dharma has been defined as a spiritual law which governs the necessary conduct of each individual. While there is no direct, one-word translation in the English language, Dharma can be described as duty, righteousness, or morality. The term signifies behaviors that are in accord with "Rta," i.e. the order that upholds the universe. How can someone uphold the natural order of the universe? There are aspects of Dharma that apply to everyone, such as cultivating the moral principles of perseverance, patience, and self-control, and aspects that are specific to each individual. This means that what is "right" action for one individual is "wrong" conduct for another.  A soldier's duty may require the individual to kill someone, but murder is incorrect conduct for a banker or teacher. What discernment is necessary to determine one's personal Dharma?Freemasonry calls on its members to follow an individual path while also working together to uplift humanity. The craft inspires the cultivation similar virtues to those considered part of the Dharma system, such as patience, fortitude, and prudence. How is Dharma similar to the teachings of Freemasonry? Can a universal law require different conduct from each individual?

"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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