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Do Humans Celebrate Death to Validate Life?
Date: 4/25/2020 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Bro. Kris Wilson-Slack
Synopsis: Humans have, for millennia, performed rituals to honor the dead, from Tibetan “Sky Burials” to Irish Wakes, all peoples have their own methods of dealing with the death of a loved one or iconic, important figure. Freemasons not only honor the dead but discuss it openly in rituals and writings. Every group or culture has their “method” of coping with death and its aftermath. It seems simple to say that we create these rituals to celebrate and validate life. Yet, some of these rituals speak to specifics of caring for the living, regardless of who died. We’ll look at the rituals that celebrate life and celebrate death, and discuss what is really being celebrated. 

"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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