Project: 2.3 — Collaborative Unit

Collaborative Unit

Nothing sacred, just socializing

Trying to learn more about the Freemasonry, their values and principles, I have attended an initial meeting for those, who are thinking about joining. It was very friendly and informal, just Q&A and a quick tour of the Freemason’s Hall. Regarding new information, there was nothing, but what you can find on the internet.The most The most popular question was about what benefits you can get for yourself by joining. The answer was basically socialising and journey which could help you to understand yourself and become a better member of society. I like their values but at the moment I don’t… More

What I think about Freemasonry

After exploring loads of information, I have got a feeling, that Freemasonry is an organisation which does what they claim. It is like a gentlemen’s club with its specific. They care about networking and contribution to family and society. Yes, it has much in common with religion, because of sharing same moral values and it is full of symbolism and rituals. But it does not promise you any kind of salvation, they just help you to be a better person. All the conspiracy theories were created because of the secrecy around them. Regarding, all the mystery was created to protect… More

Join?

After some research, I decided to find a way to join Freemasonry. The most reliable method is to know a mason, so he can recommend you to his lodge. But if you do not know anyone of them, then you should come up with something else. The easiest option is to fill the form on the UGLE website: http://www.ugle.org.uk/contact-us/interested-in-becoming-a-freemason/view/form But after a few weeks of no response, I decided to give a try for another way. I went to the Freemasons’ Hall and asked a receptionist who I can talk to for more information about masonry and joining. He said… More

Getting closer

After I have done some reading about the Freemasonry on the Internet, I decided to go to the heart of the organisation — Freemasons’ Hall. It is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England and the principal meeting place for Masonic Lodges in London. Grand Lodge has been in Great Queen Street since 1775, the present Hall being the third building on the site. First of all, I have got to the museum and the library. It was really exciting and informative. Photo archive: https://goo.gl/photos/oqk28juZ2WJQMLzs7… More

Is Freemasonry a religion?

For quite a long time I was interested in Freemasonry, but never had enough time and motivation to go deeper and explore this question in details. First of all, it is not really clear whether this is a religious institution or not. They position themselves as a non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisation. You can belong to whatever religion you like and join them. Actually, the first requirement to become one of them you should believe in God, but you can not discuss religion on the masonic meetings. There is a lot of controversy about this topic and the best… More

The history of the society

When and how did Freemasonry appear? Why was it so mystery and secret? To these and lots of other questions you can find the answers in this great documentary:… More

What is Freemasonry

As I decided to explore Freemasonry as a tribe, I should get more info about it. Of course, Wikipedia was a starting point: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freemasonry. Then I have got to the website of the United Grand Lodge of England: http://www.ugle.org.uk The first thing you can find there is the question which bothers most of the people who hear about them not only for the first time: WHAT IS FREEMASONRY? Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making… More

What is religion?

religion rɪˈlɪdʒ(ə)n/ noun the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. “ideas about the relationship between science and religion” a particular system of faith and worship. plural noun: religions “the world’s great religions” a pursuit or interest followed with great devotion. “consumerism is the new religion” At the first glance, it looks obvious, but if you give it a second thought, it may be a controversy worthy of entire courses, graduate theses, etc. So let’s try to define what makes a religion,… More

What you cannot talk about (in a good society)

There are several controversial themes you should not discuss in polite society: Politics. Religion. How much someone earns. On the other hand, these are the topics which touch people the most. In art as well, actually, especially in art. I am interested in borders and beliefs, but I do not want to work with politics. Why not talk about religion then? When I visited the Work in Progress event at the Royal College of Art, I spotted one project which was particularly interesting for me. Actually, not the project itself, but the problem it tries to solve. In civilized… More

Borders

As I defined in the previous post, any social group of people with the shared interest could be considered as a tribe. Initially tribes had their own land to live in, but then they were blended and formed into states. But even now we can distinguish local tribes with their own interests within the countries. When I met two Photo Journalism students at one of the networking events, who are appeared to be polish, our discussion was about our understanding of borders. For us it was a topical question because Poland and Ukraine have a shared border and… More