Consider this book an extension of a study in the Trivium, particularly of logic and rhetoric. Think Like A Freak does an excellent job of encouraging one to simply think - to rethink assumptions to learn more about one's self and others.
The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer is varied in the lessons and insights it presents. It is autobiographical, it is about the process and meaning of art, it is about the music industry, it is about PR, marketing, and community building in the internet age, … Continue reading (Non-)Masonic Book Review: The Art of Asking
... May all our irregular passions be subdued... The words regular and irregular, or variations of them appear throughout Masonic ritual, grand lodge codes and laws, in our charges, and in our obligations. "...a regularly constituted lodge...," "...us and all regular Masons...," "... May all our irregular passions be subdued...," "... regularly developed and illustrated … Continue reading Masonic Glossary – Regular
Freemasonry implores us to subdue our passions. I’d like to take a moment to discuss this idea. For me, the idea of subduing one’s passions initially seemed to mean that of stifling unhealthy or destructive passions (intolerance, prejudice, pride…), of moderation and of even temperament… of suppressing one’s undesirable passions, and keeping your conduct in … Continue reading On Subduing Passions
Those who inquire about the craft often receive an answer that includes mention of “a system of moral instruction,” “higher moral standards,” or most commonly how the fraternity seeks to “make good men better.” We say these things thinking about the brothers in our lodge, the working tools and other symbols, the degree work, lectures, … Continue reading How Does Freemasonry Make Good Men Better?
I have a friend who is now a candidate, scheduled to receive his first degree in my lodge. While he was looking into the fraternity and the other brothers were getting to know him a bit before receiving his petition he had an interesting encounter. While at the grocery store, somewhat unprompted, the cashier started … Continue reading Just a Group of Dudes
I recently had some concerns about Freemasonry expressed from extended family. They are worried for/about me because of my involvement in the fraternity. Among those concerns was the misconception that it is difficult or impossible to leave. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I’ll mention briefly here that I have no intention of leaving, … Continue reading How to Leave Freemasonry