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Do good and evil really exist?
Date: 4/27/2019 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Doyle Slack
Synopsis: In religion, ethics, and philosophy, the concept of "good and evil" is a dichotomy which appears to be universal. Every language has a word expressing good in the sense of "having the right or desirable quality" and bad in the sense "undesirable." But who decides what is “good” and what is “evil?” A requirement of becoming a Freemason is that one is upright - having a strong moral compass. We will discuss differing viewpoints of whether “good” and “evil” truly exist and how they relate to the concept of morality.

Does a good argument make a person understood?
Date: 2/22/2020 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Sandy McKeown
Synopsis: At our Masonic Philosophical Society Meetup groups, communication is very important to convey our thoughts, information and ideas. Everyone is encouraged to give their opinion on the topic presented. Some people share ideas certain that they are being understood by those listening. Others feel they need to persuade the group to join into their own belief.What place does argument have in these discussions? Does argument have a place in Freemasonry?

Esotericism: Discarded Knowledge or Hidden Cultural Treasure?
Date: 3/28/2020 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Curt Paddock
Synopsis: Esotericism is an approach to interpretation that seeks hidden meanings obscured or concealed beneath the surface or literal meaning of a text, symbols or Nature itself. Freemasonry has often been described as a moral system "veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols." Consequently, an understanding of Freemasonry can be enhanced by an interpretive framework rooted in the approach of Esotericism. Can such a hermeneutics also be useful for apprehending the meaning behind the texts, art and symbolism of other systems within Western cultural history?

"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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