Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Review 7: MacNulty, Freemasonry, A Journey through Ritual and Symbol

Engrossing Symbolism, A Review of Freemasonry, A Journey through Ritual and Symbol by Kirk MacNulty

After providing a brief if convincing history of the origins of Freemasonry, MacNulty, in what is a sympathetic treatment of this mystery tradition, reveals Freemasonry to be an effective, inspiring and even addictive symbolic for developmental psychology, that is to say, the ascent from base to higher consciousness, within a tight framework of self-labour, ritual and symbolic interpretation.

This is a small volume but I felt greatly enriched within the small amount of time it took me to read its thirty or so pages of text and seventy pages of beautiful illustrations. This is a most unpretentious work, requiring only open mindedness and curiosity, and I felt greatly empowered by this brief overview of what is in effect a psychology of the self, far more sophisticated and inspiring I found than modern popular psychology. 

This book is an excellent resource therefore on a subject which by its nature is esoteric and the knowledge of which is hard to come by. 

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Thought 82: Courage

The word courage seems to come from the two French words coeur, meaning heart, and rage, meaning pronounced anger. Courage as rage du coeur (anger of the heart)?

Courage is arguably more important than knowledge since, as Churchill pointed out, without courage all the other virtues are likely to wither away at the slightest hint of suppression. 

It is courage that makes one stand up against what's wrong, disobey immoral laws and go out and beyond one's comfort zone to do what is right. 

Order followers, such as the Nazis in their droves, were cowards, despite the illusion one might have that they were fighting for what they thought to be right. 

Like group mentality where fearful bullies pick on those beneath them to protect their own person within the dynamics of the group, order followers generally are afraid to say no and resist the immoral deeds they are ordered to do.

As one French policeman put it to a friend of mine
'Penser, c'est désobéir.'
To think is to disobey. 

Indeed, Hannah Arendt was right to state in her book The Human Condition that to think is to resist and it is easier not to think under conditions of tyranny and simply comply and follow along than it is to question and resist those conditions. 

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Thought 81: Evil Never Sleeps

When one glances at policies, white papers and leaked documents originating from governments, international organisations and what may be generally termed the shadow oligarchy that pulls the strings behind the scenes, one is faced with an inescapable conclusion: evil never sleeps. 

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Thought 80: Being and Modern Life

Modern life is inundated by things seeking our attention. 

I find it regenerating for my soul to listen to Being's intimations in the dark, quiet hours of the evening. 

Being needs human beings to reveal itself. 

For the provenance of inspiration is Being itself. 

Monday, 2 November 2015

Thought 79: My Brand of Elitism

I am not a political elitist. I do not think any group of people has the right to dictate the law to others. 

I am not an artistic elitist. While I am discriminating in my taste and I do not set up my own preferences as a model for all to emulate. 

Nor am I a social elitist, equating level of education, social background or monetary comfort with being a better, more enlightened person.

But I am a philosophical elitist. I do think there are higher and lower levels of consciousness, often operating within the same person, and higher and lower levels of being under the influence of mind control, just as there are varying levels of moral enlightenment among the general population. 

In other words I do believe there is a hierarchy in the quality of consciousness levels that befall us at various stages of our lives that determine whether we act morally or unconscionably. 

To be sure, consciousness rooted in fear and a desire to prey on others, which shuts down higher thinking, is, for me, of a lower kind than a consciousness rooted in love, which expands the mind and one's self-dominion and care for one's fellow human beings. 

The rest follows.