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Originally posted by network dude
A homeless man came up to me and asked if I had any change for him. He looked cold and miserable. I gave him 5 bucks. Now I know he was going to either buy some mad dog or some drugs with that money...
Kind of a longshot. If you knew what state he became a Mason in, their Grand Lodge would probably have records of him, but who knows how many of the records dating back to 1916 would be in an easily searchable format.
Originally posted by fakedirt
reply to post by JoshNorton
i know this is out of the blue but here goes. twenty plus years ago i purchased a book in a second hand bookstore (The Architects' and Builders Pocket-Book) to further my studying in the field of architecture and building works. i carried it around europe, middle east and n.africa. recently i dug it out of storage and gave it a glance. all these years i didn't notice the original owners scribblings. the man david miller 32 degree is written down with his profession of engineer. the date of 1916 and various locations of employment are listed as well. west indies,miramar caguas and mayaguez. i am intrigued as to know a bit more about this fellow and wondered if you had any pointers/suggestions i may follow up on?
But, then, the BIG question becomes..."Why on earth doesn't Freemasonry open its doors to everyone ?"
Why is Freemasonry so "exclusive" on membership?
Originally posted by dontreally
I was reading yesterday "why does God allow evil to exist"? and the author, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz used a very apposite analogy. Evil is merely a necessary component in the process of "building". When someone builds a house, what he wants - the essential good - is to live in the house. But between the time that the house is built and the initial planning stages, he has to make a blueprint for the house, he has to setup scaffolding, etc. This is the neccesary component (ie evil) that leads to the completion of the house.
This would be in line with Albert Pike's writings…
Originally posted by DRAZIW
In my view, God created the possibility of evil only so that man could "choose" the alternative after he'd figured out the order in the design.
Morals & Dogma, pp 859-60
Of that Equilibrium between Good and Evil, and Light and Darkness in the world, which assures us that all is the work of the Infinite Wisdom and of an Infinite Love; and that there is no rebellious demon of Evil, or Principle of Darkness co-existent and in eternal controversy with God, or the Principle of Light and of Good: by attaining to the knowledge of which equilibrium we can, through Faith, see that the existence of Evil, Sin, Suffering, and Sorrow in the world, is consistent with the Infinite Goodness as well as with the Infinite Wisdom of the Almighty.
Sympathy and Antipathy, Attraction and Repulsion, each a Force of nature, are contraries, in the souls of men and in the Universe of spheres and worlds; and from the action and opposition of each against the other, result Harmony, and that movement which is the Life of the Universe and the Soul alike. They are not antagonists of each other. The force that repels a Planet from the Sun is no more an evil force, than that which attracts the Planet toward the central Luminary; for each is created and exerted by the Deity, and the result is the harmonious movement of the obedient Planets in their elliptic orbits, and the mathematical accuracy and unvarying regularity of their movements.