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A few days ago I was talking a women I know about our children returning from university for the summer. Our daughter is finishing her thesis but I thought it polite to ask if her son had found a summer job. Oh, she said, he's working for the (town unnamed) Golf and Country Club. It's VERY exclusive. Imagine that; very exclusive.
I realized I'm not polite- because my first impulse was to think she must be pulling my leg. But her expression revealed she was completely, competitively serious. Graham you wouldn't think that way if you were a member! Wrong oh wrong. That shite was edcuated out of me when I was a boy; when I had the opportunity to be well schooled. Did you know, some people feel a deep need to display their wealth? The germans called it schadenfreude- pleasure derived from other persons discomfort. I know we have to dumb it down quite a bit to grasp this process. The ethos of the capitalist experiment of exploitation is one of ambition and goal directed accumulation of wealth. Modern work is not without criticism but it can be said, before the industrial revolution life was dire for more of us. Having a reliable source of drinking water and food is better than dying. Yet millions are dying while a fewe live lavish lifestyles. I'm not saying wealth isn't without purpose but it's out of control. Bragging about the exclusivity of life and displaying wealth is just tasteless. There was a time in ancient Rome when hurbis- arrogance, self-importance, egotism- was outlawed. The world wide occupy movement voicing concerns about the gap between haves and have nots is today showing us what comes when we tolerate it. It might be an odd version of meritocracy but exclusive? If freemasonry was exclusive would it be of philosophy and ideas or wealth?
Does any organization bear its soul for the world? It does if it's Freemasonry. We are a pious bunch. "Piety" doesn't wear well anymore. We watch politicians jump ship, knowing the idealists have already jumped ahead of them. We barely tolerate manipulation of power, hubris and greed. We give men the resources to be free thinkers and present them with opportunity to rise above the clamour to find the bigger man
Forever we've recreated the external world in masonic values. We never stopped doing that; always hopeful using insight and reason to release potential. We've waited, generation after generation; stiff jawed protectors of 'the way" combating the bunk, junk and lizards.
Before the villagers rally and hunt us down here at Masonic Home Companion we really must talk. Are you noticing the glimmer of light too?
Each discovery, discussion and insight prepares the canvas on which we portray our lives. Today, when we build the cathedral, with pencil, protractor and ruler nearby, we work not in two dimension but three and even computer assisted. The WWW isn't not a new tool but it is renewed every time we use it. It brings the greatest libraries of the world to us. When we didn't have access, we went about our business perhaps less informed. But today we live a stones throw from the Tate Modern the Louve and the Hermitage and visit all in an afternoon. It is a testiment to the Craft to flow so much material to our students and reseachers. The geni is out of the bottle. Limits of imagination do not exist. The zeitgeist is about the fluid exchange of ideas. This exposes little of the practice of freemasonry which remains as shared experiences by small groups of men, a process of the intellect- achievement of awareness.
Listen in as Dr. Danielle Mincey White discusses what she has labeled as
"The Most Dangerous Injury that an Anyone (Athletes & Non-Athletes alike) can Incur. .. . .HUBRIS"
Revisiting ESPN 30-for-30's "Broke" Dr. Mincey White will delve deeper into the 10 areas highlighted in the film. Starting with "Bling Bling"; discussions will center on the symptoms of Hubris:
Extreme pride or arrogance Loss of Contact with Reality An overestimation of One's Own Competence or Capabilities. In a Position of Power. Dr. Mincey White will position Hubris as an Injury leading to the 10 areas featured in the film, which ultimately lead to many athletes winding up "Broke" within 3 (78% of NFL players) and 5 (60% of NBA players) years of leaving the Leagues.
Dr. Mincey White's Energy Psychology practice treats Hubris as an Injury requiring Emotional Physical Therapy.
To learn more about Hubris and Energy Psychology as Emotional Physical Therapy visit: http://development-after-sports.blogspot.com
This episode of Pneumatikos explores the power of the Spirit to create mighty ones who constantly look at the things that are of eternal value. The mighty ones know that this age is being caused to pass away by God. They are done with the hubris and shameless arrogance of the cosmic ones. The Spirit of God is doing a new thing that is marvelous and is beyond human description. The Spirit is creating the ekklesia (church) in the midst of a generation that is in desperate need of love and hope. Anxiety and depression are now serious public health realities, but where are the answers to this alarming crisis?
I have only two more nights before I leave BTR (unless I can achieve a agreement with them ) Tonight's 4 hr topic is race realtions. I believe racism can not be fought with racism. Let us learn from one another. No system that I know of is perfect for people are falliable. Do you have a position on race ? Call in and be able to support your position if need be. All calls are taken 646 716 7259 . I will mute if you overtalk others . I will do my best to see that you are at least heard. Whether people agree with you is a different matter .
I like Langston's Hughs poem " A Dream Deferred "
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
From Montage of a dream deferred .
You are encourage to read passages of your own or others that are related to tonight's topic of race relations for educational purposes only.
Bring your writings, your favortie writings, names of your favorite authors and speakers. Let us learn from one another. I believe conversations are healthy. When speaking on my show and you have spoken for more than 30 seconds when you are done please say concluded so the next person may begin thier response or their statement. We will respect each other even if you disagree with them or have a issue with them. Mutings will happen if that is not the case. I look forward to talking to you . Let us begin in hubris.
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An outrageous, entertaining and true story of an aspiring young actress’ ill-fated friendship and unwitting alliance with a drug smuggling “heiress.”Aspiring actress Meili Cady left small-town Washington State for the glamorous lure of Los Angeles. Then she met Lisette Lee. Calling herself the “Korean Paris Hilton,” Lisette claimed she was a model and a Korean pop star, lived in a $1.2 million dollar apartment in West Hollywood, owned a fleet of luxury cars, and flitted from one red-carpet event to the next. Soon, the financially strapped Meili became her friend’s personal assistant—and found herself sucked into an audacious criminal enterprise. But when Meili finally realized what she was a part of it was too late—she was in too deep.Trapped in a precarious criminal world of money, drugs, and dangerous secrets, Smoke is her story—an electrifying tale of vice, corruption, hubris, and lost innocence as shocking and entertaining as The Wolf of Wall Street and Bringing Down the House.
Meili Cady starred as the lead actress in the Showtime comedy film Chick Magnet, and has appeared on Californication and other television shows. After a brief stint in a federal prison camp, Meili began the blog House Arrest Girl while she served a year of home confinement. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
This episode of Pneumatikos will explore the profound visionary commonwealth of formidable persons. Formidable ones are chosen by God to supplant official reality. They are hurled by God into situation specific environments in order to disrupt and inform the accepted idolatries of their time that they are an affront to the intrinsic order of creation. Formidable ones shatter hubris and self-conceit with the relentless dabar Yahweh (Word of the Lord) knowing that his word never returns void.
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
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.
What we see today makes us unhappy and is the subtext of masonry. We believe what we want to believe; see what we want to see. The unvarnished truth is assumed to be painfully unnecessary. Generations before us write about hubris, dwindling interest, myopic vision of the future, poor maintenance, glory that has lost; realizing we no longer release our architects, engineers and craftsmen to build us a Cathedral. I suggest the Order has been consistent from the beginning. The epoch ever only existed in the mind, a pastiche of aspiration. In this episode we approach our work with two aspects in mind; Alpha & Omega. Introspective or gregarious influences how we go about engagement and performance. I suggest masonry has dark matter, mass larger than what we perceive. The intellect of Craft Masonry has been preserved passed through streams of ideas and observations that contain the freemasonry. Whether we grasp this process or not rests on differences of ability that naturally exists between men. What we see is insignificant compared to what we represent. Can we or should we leave a symbol for future generations? Nostalgia drives many of us to preserve lodges that have served there purpose. Periodically unstoppable, corrective adjustments happen. Our largest organizations and networks continually release retrograde pressure.
We cannot change the perfect mathematics of exisitence, but that does not stop us from trying. It is natural that membership rises and falls, interest gains and fades. And the stream of ethics, philosophy and insight keeps flowing through time. There is a beginning so there must be an end. Strings or loops?
Fantasy Footall Episode 62: host Matt Kelley @fantasy_mansion apologizes to the audience for satisfying his own needs before satiating the audience's desires.
Marshawn Lynch may be a Seahawks lifer after all.
With all due respect for Donte Moncrief and TY Hilton, Andrew Luck will be a significantly riskier bet than Aaron Rodgers in 2015.
Tight End target share is the most critical component of fantasy production, but even an inordinate share of targets can make Jared Cook worthy of a permanent roster spot.
The high rate of genius coaches debunkary in 2014.
Ryan Lindley's presence reveals Bruce Arians' hubris.
Playing DeMarco Murray up 28-0 is multiple levels of irrational, unreasonable and irresponsible, and it's also in line with the NFL's head coach incentive structure.
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