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Los Angeles Study Center
Masonic Hall, 244 N. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, CA 91206
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Are we alone?
Date: 5/4/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Evonne Paskow
Synopsis: Many people who believe we are not alone in the universe also believe we have had help in our path in evolution. The concept of “non-interference”, meaning that these beings cannot interfere with human’s “free will” would account for their inconspicuousness in our world. Therefore some say they have worked “behind the scenes” over the years to help mankind advance. From the “culture bringer” to “putting new ideas into the atmosphere” so people can pick up on it, from even “us” being “them” ourselves, we will share some interesting ideas on this topic. Freemasonry encourages us to seek out the truth that often is not obvious to us, even when it’s right in front of us.

Can the average person achieve true happiness?
Date: 11/2/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Evonne Paskow
Synopsis: In 1776, our founding fathers thought it important enough to write in our Declaration of Independence that each of us have the “…right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Obviously they didn’t define “happiness” because the term can mean so many different ideas to so many different people. Even the idea of “happiness” has changed throughout the years to people. We will be discussing the different ideas of what we believe “happiness” to be and the ability to achieve this for ourselves in this world we live in. In Free masonry, we are encouraged to explore our inner-selves in order to improve humanity as a whole. By exploring the idea of achieving true happiness, we can look deeper within ourselves.

Is alternative medicine more effective than Western medicine?
Date: 12/7/2019 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Kevin Watson
Synopsis: Alternative medicine is a term that describes medical treatments that are used instead of traditional (mainstream) therapies. Some of the techniques commonly classified as alternative are acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, energy therapy, therapeutic touch and herbal medicine. While Co-Masonry does not take an official stance on alternative medicine, it is open to multiple possibilities. We will examine the pros and cons of alternative medicine vis a vis traditional medicine.

"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
Physicist
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