Masonic Companion started intending to bring thoughtful conversation to freemasons whereever they be.
There is so much about Craft freemasonry that is not understood. Society and science evolved in antient cultures; China, Mesopotamia, Persia and eventually into Europe,Britain. In Britain, they executed the king hoping to end subjugation, not suspecting beheading Charles would leave a leadership vaccum. History has not been kind to the civilian ruler Cromwell as people realized monarchy defined could define a nation and yet be under civil control. This didn't protect the French Kings until they were stopped by revolution. It was a heady atmosphere in the day; Church nor King no longer determined truth. Science and philosophy came out of the attic and helped define humanism.
You would think 21st century thinkers would be rid of it but we are still plagued by the offshoots of 19th Darwinian theory; terribly distorted, into racist and imperialist interests. Herbert Spenser, pulled Darwins theory apart to give us a simplistic, incomplete versions still popular today; social darwinism and survival of the fittest but no one cares. We can't help but notice the basis of capitalism in this; using the moral highground of survival vs extinction to sanitize power; an interesting experiment but one that fails to deliver on the trickle down promise.
How could we possibly claim thoughts so forceful could be repressed by a philosophical barrier? I refuse to accept that freemasonry espouses escapism. Our landmarks reveal so much about us, particularly that we exist to promote the common good. Are we about surviving unfairness or working toward the day when the common good becomes is more than a landmark?
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