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Ancient Landmarks have been preserved for centuries. The ethics of our earliest civilizations reveal a provenance that tells us progress does not extinguish need of awareness. An understanding of philosophies influences the judgement of some people, but not the entire community. This lack of permanance suggests strongly that an ethical life requires construction by an individual. And this requires examination of 'self'.
What question do you ask that gives the information you need? The universe does not owe an explanation of existence. Our purpose is to procreate; to extend our secies. An answer beyond that, depends on what 'truths' we care to employ.
That is for us to discover, including the realistic sense evidence may be confusing. Yet Freemasonry continues to offer half the world well thought out options for creating a better life.
Generation to generation, this becomes the Sacred Trust of Freemasonry; to investigate the metaphysics of existence. The genesis of Freemasonry was ideas that grew from small groups of men discussion the larger issues. Even today, it struggles when it attempts to operate on a larger scale. Freemasonry grows organically because of the constant ability to adjust to environmental changes. It is as diverse as need be fullfill the needs of function.
The primary number in the Order is one: one mustard seed. As long as one freemason exists, as long as he knows the history of ideas required by Speculative Freemasonry then it continues.
All elements of Freemasonry are included for a reason, whether we see it or not. The question to ask ourselves collectively is simple. What elements of the past are important? Are we so eager to discard what we don't understand? Traditional Observance? Just a thought.
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