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Masonic Ed was gracious enough to join us in the studio to talk about things masonic. Who could resist speaking about privacy and secrecy; if our production of antiquarians is meeting the need? Ed is an attentive fellow so of course he notices the culture of Canada is more cosmopolitan that it was when he was a boy. At times, when he is feeling tired, he feels on one hand, he is being displaced and on the other hand proud that Canada is coming of age.
It was obvious for us to speak about strengthening our membership by drawing on first and second generation Canadians from the pool who are here quietly appreciative of the opportunities this huge, friendly country has to offer. He worries out loud that the Order will need to tackle the legitimacy of dissenting opinions that brings us to talk about accountability vs blame. I questioned Masonic Ed on whether he thinks the Craft in Ontario has become defensive or reactionary? His answers may surprise you. What he said about the cultural transition of ideas and ethics plaguing masonry may not be what you expect.
Prepare for a lively discussion as Masonic Home Companion welcomes the very private, very interesting gentleman- Masonic Ed.
See you all soon.
We came from an age of the classics. Through music, science, architecture, philosophy we trace events and experiences of plebiens and kings.
Those classics no longer priveleged, are public but children are given little if any guidance about there significance. Masonry traces itself back to the origin of ideas and character development. Through ritual classic true masonic lessons are being passed from generation to the next, to what seems a small cohort, a thread in history. Because of the political life of the Fraternity, some wear this quietly as a humble mantle.
We are right to feel perplexed that it is not shared more widely? In contrast to this classic nature, do we want to believe that as unique as freemasonry is, steeped in philosophy and ethics deserves a roadside billboard to draw interest? After this fails, as it will, what next? Do we not realize the damage this does is isolated to our own masonic locale? It pollutes the natural landscape doesn't it? We are not of the same culture as we were. Social rank is not bred into us anymore. Nouveau riche enslaved to conspicuous consumption repeatedly colliding with authenticity doesn't stop the parade. Exchange wants to know if being pedestrian can a classic. Is it birthright, hubris, or anomie? Or can we drill into the capacity to conduct oneself as a gentleman. Are people really that crass or is it the media selling salacious pictures? We change as we evolve but we see what we want to see. I'm off to find the edge of the earth- then I'm jumping off.
Fraternal regards- Masonic Exchange
The Creator is without form, beyond mind. I cannot describe what I cannot fully understanding. The Creator must be without gender, without malice, forgiving judgment; hope when there is despair; a source of strength to overcome. To aid me connect and be a presence in my life the Creator takes on a clumsy form that my limited mind will understand. My language, my custom, my culture is that of the Creator; infallible perfection. A life from the Creator, lived for the Creator with the free will, I make choices, live, learn and leave this earthly plane. If the VSL holds great meaning, then is the lodge a spritual experience that has been culturally repressed?
When we once searched for Prester John, we followed a path of discovery that apparantly has not stopped. It is not surprising that we have lost this perspective. What is surprising is how readily we were to think it was lost forever. We have ritual followed to create a lodge. I think, the reason was not to conduct anything that is dispassionate business, superficial. It was to create a unique space where we can get into a pure state of mind; for a moment, a leaving behind of ritual that teaches little to enter a space where discovering the spirit of masonry is possible. We repeat this pilgrimage to follow Sirius, the star from the east. So have we lost this?
It took either above average intelligence or luck but we stepped over the wreakage of religion and masonry espoused a life style of ethics. This happened over hundreds of years. I'm thinking it came to those who were contemplative and gradually put form to a concept. We like to flatter ourselves that the Order 'has lost it's greatness'. But there is no evidence to the contrary; no evidence. It makes me wonder 'we' are the connection with the antients. If we are the antients are we masonry?
I'm wondering how the Craft organization is preceived. Long ago, we became organized into Grand Lodges that protect and preserve. If we ask 'what is freemasonry, we would learn some saying it is Grand Lodge; others ritual; others lifestyle- all accurate. I wonder if these views ever compete to be the truth and then I think this is a lesson in tolerance, that ebbs and flows. It's an idea worth considering that each element of the Craft is up for discussion.
Is a mason complete as an Entered Apprentice? Can we guide him into an understanding of symbols and metaphysics. Much easier to focus on rank and ritual which explains a lot. So you absorb the experience of Lodge, but then beging thinking deeper thoughts. The dialogue of a Lodge is practical- administration and metaphor- ritual. The venecular slips a little when education, debate, discussion are optional, occasional add-ons so not to compete with the assumed functions- Ritual and management. Too much? Ridiculous! Unmasonic? Thank you Copernicus. Thank you Galileo. Thank you Kepler! We cannot be so ponderously locked into a conflict model can we? Conflict- they're dropping out; too many distractions; we're not doing enough to recruit! We've all heard it. The follies of the father have returned to haunt the son. Isn't it folly to think we can suspect judgement about who we bring into masonry and believe think we are bringing like-minded men together? Experience seems to suggest we are stratefied, socially, academically and intellectually. Emphasis is about reduction. Remove memory work. Remove study. Remove discussion and debate among gentlemen. Remove the spiritual nature and sacred space of Lodge. The music: except for a few scattered lodges-that too has stopped.
Nothing tempers a man more than experience. I'm wondering why there is so much concern to 'rehabiliate' men who simply lack ability. That discussion isn't new and where has it taken us? Nowhere! The lamentation plagues the Craft and corrosively undermines the philosophy of masonry. We intitiate a fellow without knowing him. Proof of his nature and intellect surfaces onlhy after we have welcomed him into lodge, on a hope he won't disappoint. Sometimes it takes months, sometimes years but always the truth comes out. To only initiate worthy men would require a change of thinking that is beyond the Order. We would be openly selective. Today we act with desparation, recruitment based on a pulse. One senior of a degree-mill lodge explained this was a steady source of revenue- it kept annual fees low. I hope one day I learn to overcome the sense of repulsion I felt toward him. I'm imperfect too and not there yet.
We need to be so much more candid, honest and accepting than we have been because it is toxic to masonry to determine some members are inadequate. Not at all. They are what they are. They get what they get. They give what they feel is in their best interest and there is no more. Move on. Your obligation pointed to a path of enlightenment. That is what you took from initiation, that is your intelligence; your personality; your talents and ambitions. But how does a good mason justify this sense of hubris? For a time, the Romans made it an offence to laud your position over another. And to suggest it should and can be corrected? Isn't that a bit wreckless?
Nothing distinguises superficial masons more than dissonance between his words and his behaviour. Does he act as his words? or does he even understand what he says? Where has the spirit of masonry gone? Perhaps it's hiding with the music.
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Aren't you the least bit curious? Of course. It's a fraternity 300 years old and going. No frat party. No male testosterone and alcohol driven embarrassment to themselves. But august; philanthropic. Authentic and dignified. Striving with piety answerable to common sense; endorsing equality and liberty of humanity; mystery; private and secret to protect it from populist verdicts; signs of greetings known to few; real.
Even we wonder how and why, don't you? What is it that a man finds in masonry that he can't find anywhere else? Not fame or fortune. Leadership becomes service to mankind but how does that endure?
If you wonder what it is, the best I can tell you is that it is a feeling. The one we experience when truth finds us. Not being smarter; not hubris, not arrogant or smug. When a person 'sees' what others do not, in a world so frightened and mistrustful, those truths are a weighty responsibility. That is what we call humility. Our task is to find balance in life and live in that state and the universe unfolds.
When a person has matured enough to take herself or himself seriously, when he understands himself, masonry opens the mind, the spirit, the heart. Every ending is the beginning of something next.
The Rob Legend Show is seeking the answer for the ills of the world today. We want to explore that part of ourselves many times not considered. As we have arrived at many conclusions on this show, we identified the possibility that we are no longer connecting to our spiritual being. Is it possible that all the negative things we are experiencing due to a spiritual war that we are trying to fight in a physical manner. Let's talk about it and explore the possible solution. How do we get there?
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You don't have to live black that long before it becomes evident they don't really care about you. It is sad when little black babies are aware of color differences and learn early to not like their complexion. Who fault is it? Are black partly responsible by the way they define beauty? Or does black people trying too hard to not look so black?
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