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Is Self-Sacrifice Inherently Virtuous?
Date: 10/27/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Janet Hendrickson
Synopsis: Self-sacrifice is considered by many to be a virtue and Freemasons strive to be virtuous. That said, Freemasons also are taught about nuance and, in this topic, the difficulty we run into with self-sacrifice is in its extremes. Self-sacrifice can be heroic and compassionate, particularly when its an individuals own decision to make that sacrifice and when the path ahead is very clear. However, theres also the Maoist idea of the long board being sawed off, the long nail being beaten down, that self-sacrifice be required for the so-called "greater good." It flies in the face of the majority rule with minority rights respected, tolerated, even celebrated. This is a nuance that the thoughtful Freemason would do well to comprehend.

Will Truth Really Set You Free?
Date: 12/1/2018 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Karen Kidd
Synopsis: “We do not see the world as it is. We see the world as we are.” This quote often is attributed to the Talmud as well as to Anaïs Nin. Like every bit of wisdom that arises with seeming spontaneity from all of humanity, the truth in this statement is self-evident. But what is truth and will it really set you free? There is much to be gained from suspending ones truth long enough to consider that ones truth may only be a version of that truth, and that being open to the truths of others is worth pursuing. There are many who become Freemasons out a of a deep sense, even yearning, for "truth." Some never get any further than that yearning but the more intrepid in the Craft soon find the question is turned back upon them and they go through a difficult process of questioning what truth actually is. This self-reflection is a sort of purging away of the mortal parts. Once applied to ones truth, which can be painful for some, the discipline can be applied elsewhere, but, again, one must ask will the truth set you free once you find it?

Does the Triangle Represent Fundamental Truths about Our Reality?
Date: 1/26/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Byron Gorrell
Synopsis: The triangle, as a symbol, can be seen in many places throughout our reality. Whether on the sub-atomic, palpable physical, conceptual, or metaphysical level, the triangle appears again and again. Freemasonry teaches us that symbols have deeper meaning than what is perceived at the surface. What, then, are the deeper meanings of the triangle? What is it that is fundamental about that shape that cuts across so much of our experience?

"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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