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Does the Herman Hesse novel Demian conceal a hidden magic and mystery?
Date: 1/27/2018 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Aksel Suvari
Synopsis: In Herman Hesse’s novel Demian we follow the story of one man’s search after the true nature and purpose of human life. Along this path he confronts pain, humiliation, and his deepest fears. At his lowest points he is encouraged and assisted by the enigmatic entity Max Demian, a mysterious friend and benefactor. Who is Demian and what does he represent? Does this novel describe the fate of all those who would seek to know themselves? Freemasonry has attracted such inquiring minds since its very inception and is shrouded in equal mystery. Can this cryptic character help us pierce the veil within ourselves?

Are creation stories or identity attachments necessary today?
Date: 2/24/2018 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Sandy McKeown
Synopsis: Every one of us has a creation story or identity attachment that gives us a sense of belonging and/or security. We identify with our race, nation, religion, etc. that narrows our world view. Does asking "Where are you from?" hold validity, as it once did, in a world of monumental changes toward a global, perhaps universal view? There was a purpose for creation stories in the past. Do we continue to embrace these individual ideas or should the human race consider directing its course to an all embracing creation story? The Mason uses symbology to develop his own creation story, although he knows to perpetuate evolution, the working of the Fraternity together within the craft is of the essence.

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest ... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Albert Einstien
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