Freemasonry, by its oldest definition is a Peculiar System of Morality. Thus, as Masons, we have certain moral obligations to humanity that go beyond those of the common man. For far too long we have shrugged off this heavy burden and responsibility and instead chose to focus on Freemasonry, as if it were something of value in and of itself. A Freemasonry devoid of purposeful action is without value to anyone!
Today we must re-ignite the flames of intellect and begin to ask ourselves the most difficult and challenging questions that face all of humanity. Science and technology have opened Pandora’s Box with the forces of unbridled reason. The moral implications of these actions go unquestioned. It is no longer a question of “can we” but “should we” pursue knowledge in every direction? Do we have the wisdom necessary to utilize the many discoveries of science and technology for the betterment of humanity, or are we doomed to be destroyed or enslaved by our own creations?
Nanobots, Genetic Engineering, Mapping the Brain, are just a few of the issues that we must open for discussion and debate in our lodges. For instance, nanobots could be used to cure heart disease or attack cancerous cells, but they could also be unleashed as a lethal, and potentially uncontrollable, weapon destroying all life on planet Earth. Should we continue to pursue nanobot technology? What are the moral implications of this? Do we, as human beings, have the wisdom to control this technology?
Both Science and Reason found their first welcoming home in the Masonic Lodges of the eighteenth century. Freemasons helped to unleash the Light of Reason against the darkness of superstition in the hope that enlightenment would free mankind to rise to its full potential. Reason, however, must be tempered with Wisdom, and like anything else, when taken to the extreme it ceases to serve as a tool, and instead becomes a god.
The Grand Orient believes that these issues should be openly debated in a public forum so that the people of the world may have a better understanding of both the positive and potentially dangerous consequences of our rapidly advancing technology.
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