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What does it mean when we speak of self-discipline?
Date: 5/21/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Lylia Gonzalezfrayle
Synopsis: When we talk about discipline, we sometimes think that discipline is what adults use to educate children. However, analyzing the word discipline, we realize that in Latin it means to instruct. Interestingly enough, the word is derived from the Greek word discipulus, meaning pupil. Therefore, discipline can be considered a systematic instruction given to a pupil. Does self-discipline allows us to correct ourselves? Perhaps self-discipline does not mean that we have to do everything ourselves, but that we should be able to differentiate between right and wrong, to be able to act with integrity, and to recognize that only if we possess a disciplined mind, we will be able to make the right decisions in life. During our meeting we will consider the above points and what part does discipline plays in Religion and ethical behavior and, of course, the association it might have with Freemasonry.

What would be the Ideal way of organizing the world?
Date: 6/11/2017 2:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Janet Castro
Synopsis: Animal Farm is an allegorical novella/fable written by George Orwell, first published in 1945. The plot is how animals reveal themselves to a human being because of the ill-treatment received. After the revolt, there is a state of well-being on the farm in which everyone works to feed themselves and not feed a master, they can vote what is right and what is wrong. They even laid down some commandments in which animals cannot have contact with humans or behave like them. But, as time goes on, the pigs are acquiring power, and Napoleon is the only one who commands and has a vote. It is a matter of time that pigs begin breaking all the commandments and in the end, the pigs adopt a human behavior in such a way that you cannot differentiate Human from Pig. Orwell portrays an interesting movement of good-intentions to power-aquisition as well as many important questions. How do we measure the balance of power? Why do people die for a cause? Leadership being part of the teachings of Freemasonry, what is the opinion of Freemasons on this?

"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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