On March 8, 2013 at 4:00 P.M. the Masonic Philosophical Society will be hosting a study group at the Centerville Library. Each month a different topic, ranging from philosophy and science to religion and metaphysics, is discussed and debated.
March's topic will be conducted by Brother Bryan Bunge, Can a society actually succeed in legislating morality? After a short lecture a discussion and debate by the group will follow.
Morality can be viewed as one of the answers to the question of “how we, as individuals, should act and live.” Politics tries to address the same question on a much larger social scale. Throughout human history we, as a species, have shown a natural disposition to impose governance upon ourselves either through tolerance of rulers, or by voluntarily electing those we deem as most suitable to rule over us. While modern politics is much more nuanced than ever before the essential focus is still that of discerning and dictating the most moral way for a people to act and live. Freemasonry takes a different view of the development of morality, leaving it’s discernment and imposition to the individual while acting as a governing body to maintain order alone.
Economic policy, sexuality, drug policy, marriage, civil rights and so many other areas are affected by our political system. Can a society actually succeed in legislating morality? If not, can a society continue to function if individuals are left to make their own choices?
This group for men and women, which is open to the public, is where non-members can learn more about Freemasonry, as well as meet local Freemasons.