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Which Philosophy is Closest to Freemasonry?
Date: 5/13/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Matias Cumsille
Synopsis: Freemasonry has the unique ability to capture the interest of both the media mainstream and seekers of hidden truths, men and women, the secularist and the religious man. The Craft has expanded the ages in its various forms and survived many cultural, religious, and political tumults. How is it that a simple philosophy like Freemasonry can withstand so much and draw the attention of such diverse individuals? The answer is found in the question--it is the philosophy of Freemasonry that has made it so resilient, but what is that philosophy? Join us as we discuss different philosophical ideologies and see if we can pinpoint the one that is the foundation of very institution that has captured all of our attentions.

How Does the Existentialist Viewpoint Influence Our Reality?
Date: 6/3/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Anthony Sokol
Synopsis: The Truman Show was a movie starring Jim Carrey and Ed Harris. The movie is about a reality television show starring Truman who lives his entire life in a fabricated reality. In the movie, the focus is on the philosophy of existentialism and skepticism. As with existentialism, the character Truman explored the questions: is our existence absurd? Where am I going? What is the meaning of life? As in this movie we can ask ourselves if what is true for one person is ture for another. We then have to ask ourselves if truth is perhaps subjective. Join us in this month as we look at how Freemasonry relates to existentialism as we explore its philosophy against the back drop of the Truman Show.

Is the World a Better Place?
Date: 7/8/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Plinio Butten
Synopsis: The late years of the 18th Century were marked by dramatic changes in the way the European Society Conduct themselves politically, economically, and socially. The French and Industrial Revolutions opened a portal by which Humanity passed onto a new level of social and industrial development, paving the way to the world as we know it today. But we have to ask ourselves, is the world a better place now and does Freemasonry have a task to keep it good or to improve it?

What power would Hell have if those imprisoned were not able to dream of Heaven?
Date: 9/2/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Cat Pedini
Synopsis: As long as there have been humans who have lived and died, there have been dreams and beliefs about what comes after. Of course, no one can really know if we go somewhere when we die, based on judgement of our lives. No one can know for sure, but how much of our lives do we spend worrying about being saved or damned, which comes after, or if indeed they exist right alongside us as we walk the earth? Can Freemasonry help provide perspective and understanding that we can carry through the world, shaping our path toward the beyond? (The question of our topic is a quote by Neil Gaiman.)

We are What We Eat, Can We Heal Ourselves With the Proper Diet?
Date: 11/4/2018 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Formal Science
Presenter: Klaudia Suszcynska
Synopsis: Superfoods, anti-oxidants, probiotics are all modern terms used to identify food that promotes a healthier lifestyle and could potentially cure everything from the common cold to cancer. Can we really heal our bodies and improve our mental health with the proper diet? what special properties do these foods have? does Freemasonry promote a healthier lifestyle?

"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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