As I wrote once in some article here on the Burning Taper, since I am a Mason, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, everything I think, do or write is colored by my Masonic filters.
As an experiment, I'm selecting some random "quirkies" from the British news website Ananova to show how easy it is to find something Masonic about everything you read. You can find meaning everywhere.
- Women to rule new town: "China is to create the world's first 'Woman Town' where women make all the decisions and disobedient men face punishments," the first paragraph reads. And how is this different from the typical meeting of the Order of the Eastern Star?
- Wordsworth turns rapper: This article is about how William Wordsworth's poem about daffodils "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" has been set to a rap tempo. MasonicWorld.com has used the Wordsworth quote "The child is the father of the man" in an excellent essay on how Freemasons can act as a moral compass to young people.
- Proclaimers inspire Italian Romeo: This man is going to walk 500 miles and then turn around and walk home to prove he loves his girlfriend. There and back again, a true "traveling man." Instead of meditating on the Lost Word as he walks, he'll be i-p(l)odding to the Scottish band The Proclaimers along with Elvis, David Bowie, Lou Reed and John Lennon.
- Call to ban 'Satanic' Eurovision song: Swiss Christians want to ban a song because it has "occult lyrics." I'll bet they don't like Freemasons, either, what with all that Ba'al worshiping we do behind closed doors.
- Beer banned from British pubs: Freemasons used to hold lodge meetings in British pubs. Now they meet there afterwards. But they can't drink this beer 'cause it has a naked woman on the label.
- Man born on Friday the 13th gets married on Friday the 13th: Well, there was that whole "kill the Templars" thing about 700 years ago that started the Friday the 13th franchise, or so the story goes.
- Masturbating woman disturbs fraternity: These brothers should have had a tiler at the door if they don't welcome masturbating women! LOL!
- Potential spoiler alert: Stop reading now if you haven't seen the movie Magnolia.
Magnolia, one of my favorite films, could be subtitled "It Could Happen." One of the things that happens in the movie — quite unbelievably (but it could happen!) — happened in Serbia recently.
The Masonic connection?
The image above is from the movie. Just before going on stage Burt Ramsey/Narrator, played by Ricky Jay — who is wearing a masonic ring — asks gameshow host Jimmy Gator, played by Philip Baker Hall, "You with me, Jimmy?" Jimmy replies, "The book says we may be through with the past but the past ain't through with us." Burt replies, "We met upon the level and we're parting on the square."