Friday, May 7, 2021

Random Building Thoughts - 2021-05-07

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

 It's about Time!
 
-------------- TRAVEL! --------------  
 

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." 
― Bro. Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It
 
A Prescription for Social Sanity from a Well -Traveled Brother...
 
-------------- RAYS --------------  
 
 
 
There shall always be a part of Grammar 
that you cannot see, 
hidden from us by our position and view. 
And just as the Moon reflects imperfectly 
the rays of the Sun,
 so too do our words reflect imperfectly 
the rays of our thoughts; 
with some never getting reflected at all!
 
-------------- SOUL --------------  
 

A Human is not a Sum of Parts; 
You'll not find a Soul within. 
The Human IS the Soul.
 
-------------- CHARACTER --------------  
 

"All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible."
– Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse: Dune
 
Quoted in: Chapter X - The Powers That Be (Building Ruffish - Volume 6) 
 
-------------- MYTH --------------  
 
"The way mythology is integrated into life is by way of ritual. 
What has to be ritualized is essential to the life of the day.
 If one is to try to bring a mythological perspective into action 
in the modern world one has to understand the relationship 
of what is being done to the essentials of life, 
not to the superficialities of life. 
The essentials of life remain the same;
 they’ve been the same since the Paleolithic caves. 
Eating, reproduction, being a child, being mature, growing old. 
To realize that these things one is doing 
are not personally initiated acts 
but are functions of a biologically present world within yourself 
is to live in a very different way from the way one lives 
if one feels that one is the volitional initiator 
of everything going on."
-- Joseph Campbell, The Hero's Journey, p. 205

If you don't understand this, 
you don't understand the myths 
that rule and run your life!
 
-------------- BE! --------------  
 

 To BE a Mason, 
you must Build Beneficially. 
Until such actions are put forth, 
you are merely an Apprentice 
of what might BE. 
 
-------------- HUBRIS --------------  
 

When any organization as a whole 
doesn't do what's necessary
 to actually practice and safeguard 
the very things it espouses, 
it is hubris, 
it dooms itself unworthy 
and summarily seals its fate.
 
-------------- MAKE YOU FREE! --------------  
 
 

The Truth shall Make you Free, 
but not before 
It Makes your Head Spin, 
Knots your Stomach 
and Makes you Question Everything 
you Thought you already Knew about the Craft.
 
 -------------- PSA: LODGE POLITICS! -------------- 
 

LODGES CERTAINLY DO HAVE POLITICS!!!

For Further Light:
 
THIS INFORMATION APPLIES 
TO ALL LODGES, THEIR ELECTIONS 
& THEIR OPERATIONS...
 
-------------- GET IT? -------------- 
 

got good? want better? get it now!
 
 -------------- END --------------

 Be Well and Travel Light!
-- Coach Nagy ;-)

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Random Building Thoughts - 2021-05-06

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

...FILLED WITH CLANDESTINE ALIENS!?!?
 
<snicker> You can tell by their flaps.
 
 -------------- WISDOM --------------  
 

 When don't want Irritated Swine on you Ashlar, 
Work Discretely and Share Wisely.
.
-------------- DON'T CONFUSE THEM! --------------  
 
 
You Damage 
both the Fraternity and its Members 
by Masquerading Freemasonic Education 
as Masonic Education. 
Don't Confuse the two 
if you want Either to Be Better.
 
For Further Light:
Your Library

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

The punishment men receive 
for doing wrong 
is often times remaining steadfastly 
who they are.
  
-------------- MYTH --------------  
 
  
-------------- CO-OPTED --------------  
 

Oh the irony! 
 
A person pointed out how cross he becomes when 
someone dares to use a word outside of accepted and established use. 
At the same time, 
he refuses to acknowledge that 
the definition he indignantly defends 
is actually a deviation from the accepted and established use 
prior to this deviation being accepted and established. 
 
He ignorantly attacked the original meaning and use 
as if they were the deviation 
and summarily worships the actual deviation. 
 
When this occurs, 
Ignorance indignantly attacks anyone who dares use Craft words 
outside of established norms, 
even when used legitimately 
within the context those words were originally applied 
before being organizationally co-opted. 
 
Oh my! 
What darkness through yonder window breaks!
 
For Further Light:
Light!
 
-------------- BUSTER --------------  
 
 
FREEMASONIC BRAIN BUSTERS 101
 
I: What one question can you ask about a Brother's ritual to help you understand immediately whether he works a Preston-Webb style ritual or an Emulation style ritual (already understanding they do not know the difference)?
 
R: H** M*** W****** T**** **** **** S******* *L**** R***** ****?

 
 
 
-------------- THE LODGE --------------  
 
 

 The Lodge is not any Building 
or any Group 
who perform Ritual therein. 
Far too many Brothers see it this way though 
and for them, 
that is all that a Lodge can be. 
 
-------------- LISTEN! -------------- 
  
 
-------------- END --------------

 Be Well and Travel Light!
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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Random Building Thoughts - 2021-05-05

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

 <sigh> It's "M-A-S-O-N-R-Y", 
not "Masonery"!
 
-------------- TRAVEL THERE! --------------  
 

Masonic Spelunking Brings Light 
to the Darkest Regions of Your Soul!
 
-------------- ALLEGORY --------------  
 
 
 
  For Further Light:
LEARN!

-------------- CHALLENGE --------------  
 
"I hope I shall never be deterred 
from detecting what I think a cheat, 
by the menaces of a ruffian."
-- Dr. Samuel Johnson 
(September 1709 - 1784 )
 
QUESTION: 
Was this man a Brother Freeemason?
 
For Further Light:
 -------------- MYTH --------------  
 

 
"No one in the world 
was ever you before, 
with your particular
gifts and abilities and possibilities. 
It's a shame to waste those 
by doing 
what someone else has done."
-- Joseph Campbell
 
-------------- OUR CHARGE --------------  
 
 
Only your best thoughts, please... 
 
For Further Light:
Remembrance Day...

(Hat Tip to Bro. Chuck Dunning!)

-------------- LOGIC --------------  
 

 COACH'S CHALLENGE:
Find the Logical Fallacies inherent in each questions!
 
Here's your chance. Can you find at least one?
 

BONUS ROUND:
What psychological leverage is at play?
How has it been weaponized?
 
-------------- FURTHER LIGHT! --------------  
 

For Further Light:
 
-------------- END --------------

 Be Well and Travel Light!
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