Degree XIII — Question Set 3

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Degree XIII Lecture
The Individual and The World
The Golden Proportion
Climate Change
Looking Backwards and Forwards

1. Meditate on the value of symbols as aide-memoirs for the application of important truths and principles.

2. Discuss the importance of religion in its most inclusive sense as contributing not only to the building of a consistent and reliable character for a person who is "fit to be free" but also as being conducive to the voluntary social cohesion of free persons.

3. "A living heart pours life-blood into the toiling arm, and warm affections inspire and mingle with man's labours. They are the home affections." — Albert Pike.

a. What does "home" mean to you?
b. Can you envisage your idea of home being expanded to embrace the whole world?
c. Under what conditions might it be possible for patriotism and globalisation to co-exist amicably?

4. "Universal harmony springs from infinite complication." — Albert Pike

Consider the complex harmony of autonomous functions performed in the operation of your own physical body. Does this suggest the presence of a high intelligence underlying your ordinary consciousness? If so, can this intelligence be concentrated in one centre such as the brain, or must it be distributed throughout the organism?

5. Discuss the concept of number, contrasting its use in the measurement of quantity with its role in the expression of harmony and proportion. Are there any important qualities in human life which are beyond enumeration?

6. "What goes around comes around". "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap".

a. In what ways and to what extent do you consider individual persons may be able to influence the systematic cycles of Nature?
b. Discuss the proposition that you are free to act but are not free to escape the natural consequences of your actions.
c. Do you have a sense of "proportionality" between personal powers of influence and personal responsibilty for the manner in which such powers are exercised and for their potential effect on other people who may be beyond your ken?
d. Why is humility generally considered to be a virtue?

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