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  • 01:28

    MASONIC COMPANION HAS LEFT THE BUILDING: RADIO FREE MASONRY PREMIER SHOW

    in Culture

    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?


     

  • 01:35

    A Me Generation Struggle With Masonic Liberties

    in Lifestyle

     
    Hello. It is good to see you back. Do you have a moment to talk?  I need your advice.
    Today, as Boomers have been replaced by 'Gen X' our communities continue to evolve.  The promises of 'leaders' promoting a dream have become tarnished.  Faith has been challenged by corrupt clergy, whistleblowers and media that has moved faster than the censors pen.
    Serious?  Yes.  Redefining? Yes. Confusion? Yes.   In a world that at times seems to exploit trusting souls, is there hope for one organization that claims fidelity?  Yes, it has always been there, in the shadows, a way of life, ignored by generations clamouring to just belong to an organization that might define them as something more than commonplace.
    Some would say, that organization is going through a metamorphasis and I would be one to agree.  Governments have put a price on the privacies and rights that once were so dear to people in uniform.   Acquiencence hasn't worked as Wiki-leaks and Whistleblowers world-wide have demonstrated.
    Ignorance is bliss where wisdom where tis folly to be wise.  Can freemasonry turn away from the power of education?  It can not.   Join me as we discuss the issues and challenges we face to bring practical and theoretical education into the masonic classroom; architect and artificer, we do not build without ideas and craftsmen to make ideas into reality.
    The picture is bigger than you or me or any one Master Mason. Can the 'Me Generation' learn to have confidence one to another?  Those who discover the light can.
    Trust is bought and sold like a commodity, except by a man who honours integrity- his and that of others.  What else matters to a man of character?  Becoming the bigger man is not for fools.  Is the one wearing an apron prepared to pay the price? 
     

  • 01:31

    Redux

    in Lifestyle

    Let me outline a preposition; a freemason is in a perennial state of apprenticeship. To avoid wounding a fragile ego, we are the apprenticeship with significant skill- punching out of our weight class; in the mind wanting the skills of the apprenticeship who produced the Roslyn Chapel column that insulted the vanity of his master who slew him.  


    Is the message a warning to expect ego to have a viciousness? Or is the message that with effort, with dedication, we can be outstanding?  Being outstanding comes at a price.  Though we like the idea of excellence, I doubt we would recognize it. 


    We are a fragile lot, despite all the chest thumping and bravado. Thankfully, the passage of time lets us examine this question without letting our passions run away with our sense.


    To protect the growth of a brothers abilities, we need to be schooled in the spirituality of his behaviour. We need to accomplish a state of mind that looks for principles not shortcomings while being real.


    Ah, thats the rub. Are we expected to be soft robots? Then how can we accept the collision of realities. Each one with his own orbit.


    Good question.


    Help.

  • 01:32

    When I Look Into The Mirror

    in Lifestyle

    Masonic Home Companion has been to England and Scotland doing research while enjoying the view.
    We are back and ready to share impressions from the International Conference on the History of Freemasonry (ICHF).  The study of freemasonry owes a great deal to the work of Ars Quaturo Coronati, the Cannonbury Conference, Sheffield University Department of Studies in Freemasonry.
    If we were to adapt a strict approach to information about the Craft, we would become very uncomfortable. By this I mean, we may enjoy the idea of an oral tradition, but that has been replaced.  Mankind has always sought ways to communicate beyond the limit of eye contact with a single person.
    Our forefathers left pictures, symbols and ideas carved into and onto surfaces that we can still experience to this day.
    So lets accelerate our conversation to 2013. Brethren, I look forward to sitting down with you at Masonic Home Companion.
     
    Graham

  • 01:30

    Laboratories and Libraries

    in Lifestyle

    welcome brethern- i use that term as it was intended- not prejoratively; not divisivly but to like minded fools- the minds that linger over things metaphysical while other mock the effort.
    I'm noty being unkind- my friend Robert corrected my recollection of a pinfully insightful quote- where ignorance is bliss- wisdom is follie
    I enjoy the way he expresses freemasonry- as a deed worthy of sacrifice and that brings me to the point of this show.  As I often do, I take advantage of your gentle nature with a question- what the hell happened to our capacity for genius?
    We mock  liberal thought exercising complacency toward the Order.  Think about it- when all we have is a reliance on people trained to command others, of teachings that are sanitized what the hell have we done to the creativity and liberal thought that bred this madness we call Freemasonry?   
    tune in...we'll talk about it.. 
     
     

  • 02:29

    Pushing Time

    in Lifestyle

    Brethren, Guests and Visitors,
    Let me introduce you to a fellow who developed some interesting ideas that might be helpful to freemasons.  His work often sits on the shelf next to the writings of Immanuel Kant, John Locke, Rene Descarte and Thomas Hobbes.- worthwhile readings that nuture an understanding of the human condition.
    David Hume, Esq was born in Edinburgh 26 April 1711.  I will leave it to you to decide if you agree, he is the most important philosopher ever to write in English but he did make an interesting point, that humans only have  knowledge of things they experience directly.
    Think about it. A student striving to truly understand, will find it is vital to examine facts that define contex.  If we don't take that step, aren't we left with partial truths?
    Thank you to all the  antiquarians who have been unrelenting in their research. Today, in the 21st Century, we all benefit from findings that were not available to your antient brethren. 
    Whether we are aware or not of the process, history has always been refined and rewritten. Don't blame history. Blame the curious nature of mankind.  Do you want to take that verbatim or do the math?  That's your choice.
    Let's pick this up the next time we get together.  Join me and bring your friends.
    Graham

  • 01:15

    Chasing Time Going Live at 8pm

    in Lifestyle

    Brethren, Guests and Visitors,
    Let me introduce you to a fellow who developed some interesting ideas that might be helpful to freemasons.  His work often sits on the shelf next to the writings of Immanuel Kant, John Locke, Rene Descarte and Thomas Hobbes.- worthwhile readings that nuture an understanding of the human condition.
    David Hume, Esq was born in Edinburgh 26 April 1711.  I will leave it to you to decide if you agree, he is the most important philosopher ever to write in English but he did make an interesting point, that humans only have  knowledge of things they experience directly.
    It made me realize I might not be alone; that alot us us might actually want to understand the ingredients of great ideas;  the context being important  to fullly of deeply understand an idea. 
    So I had one of those  "aha" moments when I was researching this show...about our fraternal order...and this is what I discovered...
    ---that isolation slows the wheel of progress.  Staying connected is where the exchange of friendship draws us out from the safety of our opinions into the lodge where change and improvement occurs.
    Too much?  I thought so....
    Can't wait to have you join us on the next episode of Masonic Home Companion.
    Graham
     
     
     
     
     

  • 00:58

    What Fear Does To A Boy- Falsehoods And The Desire For Good

    in Lifestyle

    Good to See You Again Brethren, 
    Setting about the work of freemasonry and achieve great things, depends largely on the capacity of our organization to work together.  We need a strong, stable, well informed grass roots. We need leadership that has the confidence of the membership and the courage to act.
    We also need to ensure our membership receives information they need is available in a timely way, so we are all invested in the discussions taking place. To my mind, that will reinforce the connect ions between freemasons and with freemasonry and allow us to support the change we need to adapt to the 21st Century.
    Funny the things you notice when you take a moment to be quiet and listen. Like they way masons stubbornly resist change because of the effect on them- without much care for the effect on the Order at large.  To my mind, this means we have failed that mason. We have failed to instill a sense of our obligation to the Constitutional Principles and we have failed to teach him how important he is to the future of our Fraternity.
    I remember that some men take longer than others to grasp an idea.  We must learn to be patient with initial dissention.
    As you know, I believe use of authority is a failure of leadership. Effective leadership requires common purpose to inspire the foot soldiers, or in fraternal terms, the Master Masons  so they can support the vision and our Leaders. Just like you and me and everyone else, leadership is a work-in-progress.
    Find your most comfortable chair, turn down the lights and fill your cup with a favorite  Kool-Aid and we'll have another  chat...
    Sincere and fraternal regards,
    Graham

  • 00:30

    Thinking Out Loud

    in Spirituality

    Thinking out loud is the act of expressing in recoverable and external form new thoughts which you encourage your mind into exploring. Often these lead to new avenues of thought. When you think out loud you detect and explore ideas and concepts which are either unknown, or as yet unexplored. This exercise can be the first step in moving from a mental doldrums into new paths of exploration.