Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Random Building Thoughts - 2021-12-07

 

-------------- PREMATURE --------------

 Religious and Political talk
is proscribed from Lodges
because Lodges are training grounds
for eventual serious study of Theology and Philosophy,
the non-profane forms of Religion and Politics.

The proscription is imposed
not because such talk causes problems;
it is because such talk is premature
and hence a superfluity!  

 -------------- HISTORY --------------

 

 “A zeal for different opinions
concerning religion, concerning government,
and many other points,
as well of speculation as of practice;
an attachment to different leaders ambitiously
contending for pre-eminence and power;
or to persons of other descriptions
whose fortunes have been interesting
to the human passions,
have, in turn, divided mankind into parties,
inflamed them with mutual animosity,
and rendered them much more disposed
to vex and oppress each
other than to co-operate for their common good”

-- James Madison, The Federalist #10, November 22, 1787

  -------------- BOURNE --------------

 Tomorrow's Bourne once Passed
Brings Into Being Today.
You cannot live in anything but the Moment,
but this Reality should not
Proscribe Thoughts for Tomorrow. 

  -------------- TOMORROW --------------

 
re: tomorrow is a allusion that never comes.... 
 
The Word "tomorrow" is a label placed upon an event in a long chain of events created by a realization of the association between the rotation of the earth and the light of the sun and is denoted loosely in divisions called "days". The demarcation is used to describe when one day ends and another starts. Its purpose is to assist with time management.

Tomorrow becomes today once this bourne is crossed and it does indeed "come". If you doubt this in any way, look up the etymology of the word "become" and you get: 
 
BECOME
 
1) begin to be.
2) grow to be; turn into.
3) qualify or be accepted as; acquire the status of.
4) happen to.
 
Origin: Old English becuman "happen, come about," also "meet with, arrive,"
 
Tomorrow BECOMES Today and when it does, it comes into being; once this occurs and the bourne has passed, a new Tomorrow is then "bourne" again and the cycle repeats itself endlessly.
 
Semantically, it's a lot of fun to play with words, but let's not fool ourselves into actually thinking play is the reality the words were intended to denote. When words are used to describe a changing reality, locking into the word's meaning a non-change is something that transforms and abuses the word's original intent and meaning.

-------------- HUMOR --------------


I'll not sugar coat this! 
If you've not studied the
seven liberal arts and sciences,
you'll never get square humor.

-------------- ENEMY OF JUSTICE --------------

-------------- SHADY BROTHERS --------------

The Reaction of some Brothers to Light
is to put on Shades.
Don't let these Shady Characters
Blind you too!

-------------- GRASP --------------

You Shall Not Truly Know
the Mysteries
Until You have Fully Grasped
the Masteries Required.

-------------- THOUGHTFUL CARE --------------

 

Do you use the same Thoughtful Care
in Choices and Decisions dealing with Your Life
as you do with those Affecting the Lives
of your Potential Brothers?

-------------- REMEMBER! -------------- 


 -------------- INSPIRE! -------------- 
 

"The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires. "

~ William A. Ward

 -------------- PSYCHE & SYMBOL --------------  


 Worth Viewing!

-------------- ABILITY --------------  


-------------- HYPOCRISY -------------- 

 
Organizations Highly Espousing Morality
while supporting laws Proscribing Accountability
for infractions of its laws is not Irony;
that's Hypocrisy.

-------------- THE INDIVIDUAL --------------

 
I can SOOOO Relate!!!

-------------- TEASE --------------  

  The purpose of Adam's creation
is assumed by many to be to serve God
However, the Bible does not agree
with this conclusion.

For Further Light:
http://www.coach.net/TLG.htm

-------------- END -------------- 

  Be Well and Travel Light!

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Monday, December 6, 2021

Random Building Thoughts - 2021-12-06

 

 -------------- PERSPECTIVE --------------
 

  -------------- SANITY --------------

No Sane Institution
can Reasonably Expect Buildings
to Weather-Well those Elements
Intended to Break Apart Masses
Unified by Untempered Cement.

 -------------- HUMOR --------------
 

"It's why the British and Americans
rule the modern world. #ChangMyMind"

-- Tom Accuosti, Dec. 6, 2019 

  -------------- COACH'S CHALLENGE --------------

You're confronted by some enthusiastic candidates
who say that they have been shown an operative trowel 
and told to use it speculatively. 
 
They want to know how to make
speculative cement to use with that offered trowel. 
 
Included in this is a upfront request 
to first show them how a master 
would go about making operative cement
using nothing more than what 
is referred to them within ritual. 
 
You agree to do all this 
and start preparing to do just that.
 
YOUR TASKS:
 
1) Create a slide show that shows the candidates 
the references within ritual that point toward 
the materials that would be used to make operative cement.
 
2) Include in that slide show the process 
required to make this cement possible.
 
3) End the slide show using all the operative materials 
and the operative process to educate them 
on how all this is done speculatively.
 

-------------- GLORY POINT--------------

When you Hear of Hiram's Death
and Mourn the Brother,
you Miss the Whole Point of the Allegory.
And you do the same
when you Believe a Body
was Buried in the Rubbish,
rather than the Beauty that is the Craft's Glory.

-------------- READ! --------------

 

-------------- LONG VIEW --------------

-------------- LIFE IS A BOOK --------------

-------------- THE KEY --------------

-------------- FOCUS --------------

It is the Craft's Focus
upon the Superfluities of Life
that Prevents them from being Grand.

 -------------- TESTIMONIAL --------------

"Any Brothers out there 
who are seeking far beyond "further light", 
do yourself a favor 
and pick up the book-series 
by Bro. John S Nagy 
... these books will challenge 
what you think you know, 
and challenge your Self 
in unexpected ways."
-- Steven A. Culbreath,
November 18, 2013,
Northside Lodge No. 283

Thank you once again Brother Steven!

You can find the series here:
 -------------- END --------------

 Be Well and Travel Light!

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Sunday, December 5, 2021

Random Building Thoughts - 2021-12-05

 
 

-------------- RHETORIC --------------


Speaking strictly off the cuff,
t
his was NOT at all window dressing!
The pattern was beginning to be seen by all.
It was the naked truth! 
It was also a healthy blend
of well-spun conclusions.

Furthermore, no matter how much
they needled the witness,
they couldn't pin anything on him.

He
was definitely a cut above the rest.

However,
it looked like the entire suit was a stitch up.

The Judge needed to put a collar on it,
but the defense had dressed it all up to suit him
even though there was not a thread of evidence.


By now, no one could pull the wool over the eyes of the jury.
It was clear that the witness
was a cut above the rest!
He may just have to cut the cloth
depending on how it's hanging?
It was sheer brilliance on his part!

The defendant wanted to bleed not guilty,
but he was now embroidered
into the fabric of another suit.
The poor fellow was all hemmed up
and he just needed to let it out a bit.

The suit was also clearly transparent
that the prosecutor had a vested interest!
And he wanted to press other issues,
but he had already tied one on.

SIDE COMMENT:

Even though the quality of these puns
are just sew-sew...
SEW WHAT!
They still have me in stitches. 

-------------- HUMOR --------------
 
<SNICKER>

Me: So, Brother, you read the book. How soon do you think a Brother should read it?

Brother
: Oh, not until they are at least a Fellow Craft?
Me: Why so?

Brother
: Well, you don't want to overwhelm an Apprentice with this kind of Light.
Me: Why not?

Brother
: They need to finish working on subduing their Passions and Circumscribing their desires and all first.
Me: <cough> You do realize what you are saying here?

Brother
: What's that?
Me: That cuts out about 99.9% of the existing Craft.
 
For Further Light: http://www.coach.net/TCU.htm

-------------- COACH'S CHALLENGE --------------

The Candidates are restless once more.
It seems that they are displeased
with what is being demanded of them to progress.
The requirements to memorize and give back
are simply not enough in their eyes.

One of them said he was not provided any further training
in the use of the 24 inch gauge.

Another complained that the common gavel instruction
was near non-existent.

One after another complained
that all the important things pointed toward
by the first degree ritual are not required
by the Lodge to be done by the candidates to progress.

You agree with them and decide to provide them
the necessary hoops as prescribed by ritual to jump through.

You run all this by the lodge officers
and they unanimously support your decision
and task you with the following:

YOUR TASKS:

1) Identify at least 10 things/area
that the Apprentice Ritual directs candidates to Perfect
to make themselves better men.

2) Write up a brief summery of each of the tasks,
clearly stating the end in mind for each
and what is required to achieve it.

3) Produce a viable and repeatable curriculum
around these 10 things/areas, structuring tasks
that will cultivate improvement with the candidates
when done fully.

You accept the tasks, role up your sleeves, and begin.

What do you come up with?
 
For Further Light:
The Craft Perfected!

-------------- REALITY 1 --------------


The Irony is:
Men Join the Craft
because they truly DON'T like
the way things are.
 
 -------------- REALITY 2 --------------

 
We must pass through the darkness, to reach the light."
-- Bro. Albert Pike 33°; M&D, Page 240
 
For Further Light:

-------------- MYTH --------------

"The first stage of the mythological journey
––which we have designated the "call to adventure"––
signifies that destiny has summoned the hero
and transferred his spiritual center of gravity
from within the pale of society to a zone unknown.
This fateful region of both treasure
and danger may be variously represented:
as a distant land, a forest, a kingdom underground,
beneath the waves or above the sky,
a secret island, a lofty mountaintop,
or profound dream state;
but it is always a place of strangely fluid
and polymorphous beings,
unimaginable torments,
superhuman deeds,
and impossible delights."
Joseph Campbell,
"The Hero with a Thousand Faces" p.48

-------------- WHAT QUALIFIES? --------------

What Qualifies a System
to be Honestly Labeled
a "Progressive Science"
and for it to remain True
to that Noble Moniker?

-------------- STRIVE --------------

-------------- CHARACTER --------------

How Quickly a Man's Character
Reveals Itself
once Stressors are Applied.

For Further Light:
Testing our entered apprentices...

-------------- PERCEPTION --------------

Our Greatest Weakness
is Our Perceived Division.

-------------- RELIGIONS --------------

Ve·dan·ta - A Hindu philosophy based on the doctrine of the Upanishads, esp. in its monistic form.

Ve·dan·ta (v-dänt, -dn-) - n. Hinduism* 
 
The system of philosophy that further develops the implications in the Upanishads that all reality is a single principle, Brahman, and teaches that the believer's goal is to transcend the limitations of self-identity and realize one's unity with Brahman.
 
Vedanta - (from the Sanskrit for `end of the Veda') one of six orthodox philosophical systems or viewpoints rooted in the Upanishads as opposed to Mimamsa which relies on the Vedas and Brahmanas.
 
*Hindooism, Hinduism - a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils.

-------------- HIERARCHY --------------

Hierarchy?
What Hierarchy?

-------------- IN YOUR HEAD! --------------


Your Mom's in Your Head!
(may require clicking the next link as well!)

-------------- REALITY 3 --------------

When you begin to see that...
(A) historical facts
...and the...
(B) allegorical history and supporting organizational system
simply do not match,
...then you might just be ready
for what Masonry truly has to offer. 

Do you believe that you're ready?

For Further Light: 

http://www.coach.net/TCU.htm

-------------- END -------------- 

Be Well and Travel Light!


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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Random Building Thoughts - 2021-12-04

 

-------------- SOME LIGHT --------------

Some Light
that Masquerades
as Masonic Education

is Actually 
Strictly Enforced Freemasonic Training
which Requires
No Further Thought

than to Do
What One is Told.


What education
are you engaged in?

-------------- HUMOR --------------

 For Further Light:
 https://buildinghiram.blogspot.com/2015/12/andersons-error-remains.html

-------------- COACH'S CHALLENGE --------------

 Many within the Craft
have heard the term "Irreligious Libertine"
and they seem to know immediately
what that implies.

But, when faced with a change in direction,
they are confronted with something
that challenges their preconceived notions
as to possibilities.

Such is what is presented by changing
the word "Irreligious" to "religious" in the term.
 
YOUR CHALLENGE
(should you agree to accept it):
 
Explain separately
what "IRRELIGIOUS LIBERTINE"
and "RELIGIOUS LIBERTINE" mean
to you while making every earnest and sincere effort
to keep sex out of your explanation!
 
Let the discourse begin!

-------------- PERFECTING --------------

To do the Initial Masonic Work,
one must first Work upon one's Heart
and then one's Head,
in this Order.

For this purpose,
the Working Tools of the first Degree
are assumed to be two in the American Rite.

Each requires specific Actions
to take place to Perfect (Mature) the Ashlar
before its Raising.

Establishment of Virtues, Circumscription

and Subduing of Passions and Desires,
Divestment of Vices & Superfluities,
and Establishment of Time Management,
are among the many Activities Designed
and Intended to Perfect the Ashlar
and ready it for Raising (Second Degree Work).

In addition to these Perfecting activities,
the Fellow Craft Working Tools
are Developed during the First Degree Work.

Sure,
one may eventually possess them,
but one shall not know how to use
the Second Degree Working Tools
unless one Develops them through
the Work of the First Degree.

 -------------- FAKES --------------

We Look for Fakes
Outside the Craft,
and too often don't see
those Within it.
 

-------------- EGO --------------

“How to get rid of ego as dictator
and turn it into
messenger and servant and scout,
to be in your service,
is the trick.”
― Joseph Campbell
 
I'm with Joe on this.

Ego is the mediator between
the ID and the Super Ego.
It has purpose
and one would be foolish to rid oneself of it.

Can you imagine a world ruled
by IDs and Super Egos?

But wait!
Are we not there already?

Perhaps maturing the Egos of the world
should be our collective new direction.
 
For Further Light:
Ego Autonomy

-------------- DIFFERENCE --------------

You are the Difference the Universe Put Forth.
What are you Making of Its Creation?

-------------- END-IN-MIND --------------

In the end,
Mastery is about Personal Excellence
that no other man can Bestow upon you
other than Yourself.

For Further Light:
Mastery

-------------- TEMPERANCE --------------

Temperance
 
1. restraint or moderation,
esp in yielding to one's appetites or desires

2. the trait of avoiding excesses

3. abstaining from excess

4. act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite

5. (scholasticism) one of the four virtues derived from nature

6. discipline in personal and social activities

7. moderation in or abstinence from mood altering

8. moderation in eating and drinking

9. the act of combining things to form a new whole
 
[synonyms] moderation, restraint, self-control, self-discipline,
continence, self-restraint, forbearance, moderation, sobriety,
abstinence, natural virtue, restraint, control,
dryness, sobriety, abstemiousness,
compounding, combining, combination
 
intemperance - the quality of being intemperate;
excess, intemperance, overindulgence,
prodigality, immoderation

-------------- WARNINGS --------------

 

The 3rd Degree Ruffians
are Warnings to the Craft
to Be not among the Ignorant;
Warnings Heeded by far too few. 

 -------------- CONSEQUENCES --------------


  Don't play victim
to circumstances
you created.

 For Further Light:
The Light in the Garden

-------------- THE REAL YOU -------------- 

 
The difference between 
waking up and being "woke"

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Are you all caught up 
on your reading yet?
 
  -------------- END --------------

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