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Ideas of honour, dignity, common good have been part of human structures from the stone age. Does the antedeluvian in you think it reasonable that mankind came to exist with awareness of self or might we think that consciousness has been an anatomical adaptation?
We can't say definitively of course when 'freemasonry' came into existence. We know ideas of the Rennaisance and Age of Enlightenment were out there before the reform in Britain and Europe. It tells us the ideas of freemasonry existed with or without a Grand Lodge, within a philosophical context. An antient might marvel at the extrivia that has accumulated along the way; the constitutions, warrants, definedauthority, standards and even a dress code that needed to be said. As sparse as they often are, a contempoary Lodge room would seem cluttered to a man who attended a make-do tavern room but not one who met in a gentlemens residence. Standards and expectations were inevitable and became the source of many of today's practices.
This should tell us that freemasonry is a process of aspiring for insight. There is an expectation we apply philosophy and science to benefit mankind. This story line makes 'today' a snapshot in a time line; one without beginning or end- that streaks through life accumulating knowledge to assimilate and pass forward to the apprentice. Even now, mentors are amongst us connecting, cajoling and critiqueing.
When a foundation shifts, it does not mean the entire structure should be scrapped. It sets our artificers to fix the problem. Until that moment, they lie in wait as the ultimate insurance against failure. How to rebalance the Gentle Craft against the consequence of bureacracy is a question worthy of our best minds. Sit with me while we talk this over.
Raconteur, poet, journalist, lawyer, soldier, teacher; Albert Pike was a man of many facetes. His work before the Supreme Court argued the treaty rights of American First Nations and faced down racism, genocide and raw political power with a conviction in the word of law and appearance of justice. He was a man of his times. When Dr Albert McKey was desparate for help writing the ritual for Scottish Rite, he turned to Col Pike, whose work has been tough for readers to digest because it requires exceptional dissection.
If you have been thus disappointed, our labour has been in vain
Whether these degrees have for you a real value depends upon your capacity to understand them
And upon the amount of study and the degree of reflection you have bestowed upon them
He brings a call for those committed to preserving the landmarks, who have embraced as their own the attitudes of the Antient Charges. No one can be compelled to change, yet as Pike reminds us, we take to the grave what we have learned. If we do not share that learning, it is then lost. We should be aware that the deeper lessons, the knowledge of freemasonry is at risk if we who are starving for knowledge do not willingly commit to our apprenticeship. No barrier is enough to make us fail. But move forward we will with respect as Antients sharing the feast.
This week "Pa Mac" from the Farm Hand's Companion joins Scott M Terry for some backwoods conversation about all sorts of things. Promises to be a great show. Be sure to log into the chat room so you can join the fun!
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Join us; Shopmaster and MadScientist06, as we host another exciting episode of Game Changers Radio. In Show #166 we talk about CFM, what needs to be updated, patched, and fix. NBA Live 15 has been delayed and it’s the 3rd week of Fantasy Football with our good friend JB that will break down week 3 starts, sits, and FA finds.
You’ll hear all of that and more on the next jam packed Game Changers Radio which will be airing live Tuesday September 16th @ 9:00pm est.
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Some say he's a serial killer. Others, a vigilante doing what police can't or won't do. What's certain is that Dean Drayhart, a paraplegic, will soon sit on death row for killing hit-and-run drivers in Los Angeles. But not if the Mexican Mafia gets hold of him first. Somewhere, Dean's trained companion monkey Sid and girlfriend Cinda are outrunning the law in a fast '98 Trans Am. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department wants Sid, dead or alive. Dean may be broken in body but his fierce spirit is determined to protect Sid and Cinda in the most creative ways imaginable. Hardboiled, funny, relentless, and unexpectedly tender-hearted, Bite Harder delivers riotous action all the way to a bombshell climax that could only have been written by Anonymous-9, the self-declared mad scientist of crime fiction.
Praise for Bite Harder
"Brilliantly, brutally funny, so real you can taste it. Starring Sid, the cutest serial-killing helper monkey in all fiction." — Douglas Lindsay, author of the Barney Thomson novels
"Bite Harder is part screwball comedy, part killer crime story entirely unlike anything else out there. It is unique and vicious and bloody funny but what kept me turning pages deep into the night was its heart. I loved Hard Bite, and Bite Harder is even better, stronger, wilder." — Josh Stallings, Beautiful, Naked & Dead
"Few books have a killer monkey, and fewer still have a writer as funny, incisive, and down-and-dirty brilliant as Anonymous-9." — Benjamin Whitmer, Cry Father
Too many Christians know Father God as the god that allows them to go through struggle to get to Grace. Well Father God is nothing like man, but has given us the GIFT of His Son, Jesus, and Spirit, Holy Spirit, to grow through faith and live a life "as He is." This week, join in on the conversation as we are led by Holy Spirit to know Him as our daily advisor and companion. The Rose of Sharon Show is completely dedicated to Ephesians 4:15. We provide the knowledge that generates understanding and awareness for leading life 'as He (Jesus) is in this world" IAW 1 John 4:17.
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