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Masonically all ritual, metaphor, symbolism and metaphysics reveals answers to questions: is there purpose in the universe and do I have a role? We think that not asking such questions is a sign of ignorance. We assume the universe can be understood. In between we live in a grey soup; our research incomplete. Writers like WBr Andrew Hammer tell us the priority, unobstructed, is the Craft. Impatience distracts us from our questions. Our instruction of apprentices describing functions, drops off without defining philosophy. What benefit can a disinterested man receive being urged to do more group functions with no mention of metaphysics? We want to believe we have the power to passively rehabilitate a man against the natural course of his life. Isn't that our own conceit. Do we really want to believe morality can be measured by membership and performance?
"Thought would destroy their paradise. No more. Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise". Thomas Gray- 1792
Neither privilege, rank or wealth is a measure of insight. Motivation as hubris; fear of failure; guilt seems at odds with an enriched philosophical environment. Freemasonry expects a man to fulfill his commitments and to be aware of the needs of others. This is magical thinking. Quieting ones ego is very difficult.
Masonic Companion continues to use expositional and critical references to explore the basics.
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