A sporadic posting of musings, thoughts, dreams, and ideas of a friend whose first name is MARY.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sincerely,word for the day.....
Have you read "The Lost Symbol"? It is jam packed with some of those secrets of the Free Mason brotherhood. My father was a Free Mason and a Shriner (33rd degree).
I have been taken by a section of the book that talked about being truthful and genuine. When a sculptor has a less than perfect piece of raw material, or lacks the skill to recognize the talent needed, or if the craftsman tries to cover up a flaw, stone dust is applied and then wax is adhered to the surface and painted or glossed over. The flaw is not always revealed or it would loose its value. Sine in Latin means= without. Cere is the base word for wax= without wax. Sincere is derived from the two Latin words "sine" and "cere"-meaning without wax. It appears that sneakiness and fraud have been with us a long time. The ancient myth tells us that Roman sculptors were not as good at using the strength of stone as their Greek counterparts. Greek statuary was often graceful, but the Romans (who were trying to imitate this art form) carved figures in stone that were not strong enough to support their own weight. Consequently, many of the Roman sculptures cracked. Some sculptors filled these cracks with wax to make their statues appear to be complete and perfect.
Because this practice came to be widespread, the legend "sine cere" (without wax) became a mark of excellence because the statues had no cracks. Hence, we have the word sincere, which has come to mean genuine-without pretension or hidden flaw. (by Marc Maurer)
Thusly, as an author if one crafted a message to the reader is truthful and genuine, and you have no flaws hidden from view, covered up, then you have nothing to disclose and the message is genuine. In your own letters of correspondence, how many times have you signed at the bottom, Sincerely. You are saying that in the letter there are no falsehoods and is genuinely true. (Just as a failsafe, I use Regards, Caroline: i always know that is safe!)
The symbol in the cartoon above is a characiature of the one seen on the back of the US One dollar bill. that pyramid is much more refined but the elements are similar. The pyramid is of course laid stone by stone and the capstone which is a pyramid itself finishes the design. The all-seeing eye is another day!
....your word for the day; meaning it's everywhere!
On the base of the aluminum capstone of this obelisk, theWashington Monument in D.C., on the east side is engraved Laus Deo, which in Latin means Praise be to God. I had no clue that was there, but the documentation is there; that is is not a myth. Isn't that a great thought that each morning, as day is breaking in the east, the once tallest building in the world is up to the heavens and greets God on our behalf with a statement of praise? What is also such a great thought that this is to God, .....in whatever form your belief takes you. My father who was born in 1911 in Mississippi may give you visions of a certain type of white man, but when it came to his Free Mason work, men were men, and worthy of respect.. We would all do well to seek out the ancient mysteries. The foremost: "Praise God" ; the second "Love others as you do yourself ". I figure that if you are doing these two things, you are doing the right thing!
Flowery Branch, GA, Southeast USA, NE GA, United States
I believe that we all have this day to make things right. If we could just change one thing that we are all guilty of, things would be so much better on a grander scale. I have given a promise to not: complain,criticize,gossip,nor whine. Join me?