Freemasonic Philosophy and Socialism

Freemasonic Philosophy and Socialism

How The Philosophy Of Freemasonry Is Egalitarianism On Par With Socialism
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First off I would like to make it very clear that I am not a Freemason nor plan to become one. The ritual requirements to participate within the institutions simply takes more time than I am capable of providing; and honestly I am not a fan of ritualistic secrecy. But with that said, I have attempted to learn the philosophy of the organization and understand its system of operation; along with its deep history within social mechanisms of the United States since the early days of colonization on the American continent. From what I have learned through reading literature and listening to lectures upon the subject matter within esoteric knowledge of Freemason culture; it seems that there are critical areas of philosophical thinking that are emphasized as foundations of the "Great Work" that is each mason's life.

The "Great Work" being spoke of relates to the third person perspective of an individual's life that is attempted to be taught to initiates, in order to explain the importance of conscious interaction within society; knowing that your actions lay down roots for later consequences, and opportunities. This third person perspective is also extrapolated in the context of the great work of existence, the objective reality that transcends any individual subjective experience; culminating into reality as we know it outside ourselves. The "Great Architect" is the personification of deity, as well as a reflection of existence itself; which has sculpted reality into its present form, like an architect designs and builds projects. This metaphorical language is derived from the stonemasonry for which the philosophical tradition extended out of.

Scientific laws are extrapolated from the grand design of the "Great Architect", as mechanisms and parameters for which reality is able to take shape; and for which it can be altered and redesigned. They embrace a Pythagorean viewpoint of mathematics been a language of deity, of this Great Architect. As well as the conception of music being another form of creative expression that embodies the grand design laid forth by the Great Architect. Lastly, Freemasonry asserts that a scientific law of consciousness exists; and that this law is embedded in the Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition of the "Golden Rule". With the Golden Rule being the layout for a variation of self governance and collective governance that can provide the foundations for a global multicultural/multiethnic civilization and brotherhood/sisterhood of humanity that is a reflection of the mythological utopia of antiquity, the Atlantean civilization.

Contrary to popular belief and misconception, the fundamental basis of socialism and egalitarian ideas of that nature are almost verbatim expressed in Freemasonic tradition and culture. The idea and dream of Direct Democracy expressed in socialism but the golden rule in action; or as Eugene Debs, a socialist Illinois state senator, once said "Socialism is Christianity in action". Socialism since its inception has called for a world brotherhood/sisterhood of humanity that transcends nationality, ethnicity, religion, and other arbitrary systems of division. Socialism attributes scientific laws as guiding principles in coexistence with nature; and the distribution of resources that allow for a worker (common person) oriented control of the means of production. The concepts of Labor Unions could be attributed to the early lodges of Freemasonry who were collectives of skilled laborers and craftsmen of the age.

Lastly, the connection between freemasonry and socialism can be seen in the calls for revolutionary change. The philosophical foundation of calling for a world philosophical order that turns humanity into a brotherhood/sisterhood led by the wise is similar to the socialists call for worker revolution led by the workers themselves. Wise leaders, in relations to the Freemason philosophy of the "Great Work", implies the necessity of each individual to understand their context in the changing of the times when a new paradigm shifts. Thus the worker movement is directly an extension of this wise leadership in overcoming systems of exploitation and oppression of the antithetical attributes of human culture and civilization for which freemasonry has noted as being the path of spiritual self-destruction and philosophical blundering. The resurrection of civilization, therefore, is within the hands of the wise; and it is within each of us that the wisdom of leadership and self governance must go hand-in-hand in an effort towards building that world collective that can be designated "Humanity's Great Work". For in the end, the words of socialists and freemasons speak together as one when they exclaim: "Cooperation or Extinction", "Socialism or Barbarism"

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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To The Girl Who Believes That Feminism Is A Lost Cause: It's Unfortunate You Can't See How Infinitely Capable Women Are

You said I am being too hopeful. You said that there is no point. I say you're wrong.
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It was a seemingly boring day. Most of us had just finished our state-based EOC's, but there were bigger fish to fry: Advanced Placement Exams would be starting the following week. These exams would determine whether we got the college credits for the college courses we had been straggling through all year. A group of my female classmates and I were taking a five minute break from studying in our AP U.S. History class when we got into a deep conversation about the Indian culture.

One of my classmates was asking simple questions about what the Indian culture was like; things like marriages, different societal expectations and other cultural differences came about into the conversation.

The conversation eventually moved to focus on education and dream colleges. The girl sitting behind me asked another one of my classmates if she had heard anything from the Emory Summer Program. They started talking about certain residencies they planned on doing, and I tuned out of the conversation.

That was until I heard this: "Did you know they don't bring girls down to see surgery? Only guys."

I turned around, and scoffed.

"Are you serious? Why would they do that?"

They both explained to me that something had happened in which Emory had brought a girl and a guy down to a surgery, but both of them fainted — or at least that's what they heard. The girl sitting behind me went on to say "girls are just more prone to fainting."

What? Listen, I may not be a biology major, but —

"I thought you said the guy fainted too?" I countered. She shrugged her shoulders, and said one sentence:

"It's not like girls can become surgeons anyways."

Seriously? I took a deep breath and said slowly,

"I think girls and guys can both become surgeons regardless of sex. They're both just as capable."

She argued with me that "statistically" guys had more of a chance to become a surgeon. That girls have no chance because universities looked for guys. That not many girls even tried to go the surgery field. She said there was a reason why she chose to not become a surgeon. Again and again, she said that girls had no chance in a male-dominated field.

She insisted that I was being too hopeful. That "realistically" changes in women's rights would not come in our generation but rather in our children's generation. That there was a reason why in history, men were better known than women. That there was a reason why men and women had separate events in athletic competitions.

I couldn't believe what I was hearing. But then again, it made sense, right? The reasons why women still have to fight so hard for things such as equal pay — it's because thoughts like these still plague our society.

I was left speechless. My APUSH teacher appeared from behind me almost two seconds later. He asked her:

"Have you ever heard the story of Billie Jean King? The famous female tennis player who beat a man — I can't remember his name — but he said awful things about women and how weak they were."

She shook her head and stuttered out a "no," and he simply replied,

"It's a really impressive story," before walking away.

So, "statistically," sure, men may dominate the field of surgery. But they also dominate the fields of business (did you know there are only 27 women on the Fortune 500 list?) law enforcement, criminal law, the military or any STEM careers, etc.

This does not mean women are not capable of doing those jobs; it's the part of society that still believes we live in the stone age who thinks women are not capable of arguing in front of a judge or saving someone's life in the ER.

My all-time favorite quote is something my mother said two years ago when Trump won the presidency:

"It's not the women who are not ready for America; it's America who's not ready for the women."

And yes, I am hopeful. I am optimistic. Because so much has changed, but there's still a lot more to do for women. You say that that change cannot come in our generation but rather our children's — that mindset is the reason why we still fall behind today. But let me tell you why you are also wrong. Change has been happening throughout all the generations whether you like it not.

Change occurred in 1800s during Elizabeth Cady Stanton's time when she and hundreds of other women published the "Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen."

Change occurred in the 1900s when Susan B. Anthony and thousands of women fought tirelessly for women's suffrage and won with the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Change has occurred with the recent #MeToo movement, exposing years and years of sexual harassment and rape perpetrators, not just in Hollywood, but in other industries as well.

We can't keep pushing saying that "it's not my issue" or "it'll happen later." We can't keep ignoring the issue; we have to face it and fix it . You said to me that, living in John's Creek, you have never faced sexism in your life, and I envy you for that. That does not mean sexism does not exist.

I pity you for the fact that you remain so close minded about the future of women. Though currently the field of surgery may be male-dominated, there are still women who work in that field. There are women who ignore that fact, study their butts off and work, successfully, as surgeons.

Eventually it comes down to this: you can hide and ignore the issues that beset our community, or you can stand up for yourself and the women around you. Your choice.

But know this: feminism is not a lost cause. I am a woman. I can, and I will.

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