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Me Changing Me

In Insights and Thoughts by Mike Bishop

One of the fundamental practices of Freemasonry is that we do not discuss religion or politics in Lodge. Many carry this same principle outside into the world in an attempt to foster harmony. Others walk a fine line. Recently, a Brother expressed support for a specific candidate for political office. On the surface, there is no problem with a Brother, …

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Why through Symbols?

In Insights and Thoughts by Mike Bishop

The Most popular definition of Freemasonry states that it is “a System of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.” Many a brother has asked “Why illustrated by symbols? Why not illustrated by plain statements of truth, completely defining the ‘system of morality’?” There are many answers. Among them is the truth that definition limits what is defined. Seldom …

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Stoic Influences

In Insights and Thoughts by John Porter

A Young Marcus Aurelius, Musei Capitolini MC279 Up on the Platform: *Have you forgotten what’s what?* “–I know, but it’s important to them.” *So you have to be an idiot as well?* -Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Meditations A while back in Union Lodge, I had the pleasure of being on the investigation committee for a candidate. He has an abiding interest …

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Reflections on Change

In Insights and Thoughts by John Porter

“There is nothing permanent in life except change.” — Heraclitus As I write this it is St. John’s Day. Our Lodge has passed through another year of labor, and yet another lies before us. Last year gave us momentous events, enjoyable times as well as sad. Our Brothers rose to the challenges, completing the work set before them and starting work on new projects. New …