Per Veritatem Vis - Strength Through Truth
In Freemasonry, an inquisitive mind is a necessary prerequisite to becoming a member. Therefore, the pursuit of education is of the utmost importance. This is not necessarily a formal education but lifelong learning for the purpose of serving Humanity better.
Each Mason is expected to be well versed in the Seven Liberal Arts and Sciences and to be able to discuss a myriad of subjects with toleration and open-mindedness. In Universal Co-Masonry, education is centered in Philosophy, Esotericism, and Science, and each may be explained as thus:
Students of Philosophy are engaged in asking, answering, evaluating, and reasoning about the nature of reality. Such study develops the intellectual abilities important for life, beyond the knowledge and skills required for any profession. It enhances the analytical, critical, and interpretive capacities of its students. In Universal Co-Masonry, philosophy is discussed and debated in order to sharpen the mind of every Mason.
Esoteric education, or inner education, begins with the most fundamental questions in life: Who am I? Where did I come from? What is my destiny? It is to know oneself, within and without, by the constant study of the hidden nature of reality. It is not rooted in faith or reason but is a byproduct of spiritual experience. Universal Co-Masonry, through the use of ritual, assists the Mason in discovering the answers to life's questions.
The study of Science is an education in the facts and methods of the Universe. Science is a systematic endeavor that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about natural phenomena. Universal Co-Masonry instructs Masons to be knowledgeable in the processes and conclusions of scientific research and methodology that they may engage in factual discussions and decisions, facilitating further and deeper study.
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