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Is disillusionment a good thing?
Date: 12/30/2017 10:00:00 AM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Pamela McDown
Synopsis: While disillusionment is hardly the type of sentiment we want to embrace, it is part of our human experience. Disillusionment takes place when it becomes evident to us that what we once believed is not true. When this happens, it can be very traumatic and painful, not only psychologically but physically as well. A student may engage in certain studies for many years, consistently demonstrating commitment, selflessness and detachment, only to be confronted by the devastating sense that the work no longer has meaning and value. What are the causes of such psychological crisis? What are ways to deal with it? Can it bring us to a point of change and transformation? During this discussion we will consider how disillusionment plays a part in our lives and how Freemasonry relates to this question.

"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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