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Was it the best of times AND the worst of times?
Date: 5/18/2019 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Katie Cumsille
Synopsis: The great classics of European literature have been fully integrated into American culture. Charles Dickens's Tale of Two Cities is one of those pieces of art that have come to line the shelves of many American home libraries. Why is that this story has spoken to so many? Have we not experienced life at the highest peaks and the lowest valleys ourselves? Freemasonry works to unite where many would polarize. Thus, we will look to the pages of this story for guidance in trying to understand our own tale of two cities: our past and future; our knowledge and beliefs; our failures and triumphs;

What does it mean to Grok or Understand in Fullness?
Date: 10/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Chris Osborn
Synopsis: Robert Heinlein’s book Stranger in Strange Land was highly controversial for its time. In many ways, however it introduced a concept of "Grok" which can be defined in several ways including “to drink,” “to understand in fullness,” “to understand intuitively or by empathy, to establish rapport with,” and “to empathize or communicate sympathetically (with); also, to experience enjoyment.” This term has been largely accepted in several communities to describe concepts that are difficult to explain in words. Yet, how can we apply this concept to our own lives and to Freemasonry in particular? Is this the same as Divine Knowledge?

"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
Physicist
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