My Dearest and sole reader, today I will attempt to excite you (alternatively I’ll bore you to death), writing to you about the Nature of Time, and how this may be perceived in Masonic terms.
Countless books have been written up until today, by people who happened to be considerably more learned and eloquent than your humble blog writer, therefore it would be rather pointless to tire you with all these theories since the beginning of Time and up to the moment Albert Einstein proved that Time, as we perceive it, is never constant, but it is a function of speed and mass.
Your humble blog writer (that’s me) therefore, will stay in a couple of points which may have some social extensions. One of these points is the ancient Greek myth of Cronos who was eating up all his children produced by his wife, Gaia. The only child who managed to escape that fate was Zeus himself, who eventually became the supreme ruler of Gods and humans alike.
This myth, in essence, is the ancient story of Time (in Greek Chronos and further paraphrased as Cronos), that destroys everything produced by Gaia (the Nature), with the sub note that whoever defeats this fate is beyond the effects of any physical Law. Later, the scientists called this erosion process “Entropy” and the 3rd Law of Thermodynamics tells us that the Entropy in the Universe is always positive, which means that the disorder of all energy and physical structures increases with Time.
If by any chance, my Dearest Reader, you manage to abstain from all bad habits that usually put us in a position where all daisies will have turned their butts on us, and you stay still, so that Time will forget about you, you may be lucky enough to see the last twinkle of the last star fading away and Darkness spreading all over the Universe, just before the phrase “Let there be Light” sounds once again.
I am fully aware that it is a huge task for you to perform. Therefore, please allow me to assure you that the coming of Darkness is more or less a certainty, even if we will not be around to testify for it. If you don’t believe me, please have a look of your 50-year old body at the mirror and think that the trendy coat and the tight jeans you wear, cannot delay the fact that pretty soon you will look exactly like your 98 year old grandpa (if you are very lucky, that is)…
Furthermore, as we grow older, my dearest friend, we realize that the 3rd Law of Thermodynamics is also applicable to all social structures and interactions of the so-called “intelligent” creatures. You see, Life is an exceptional audacity against this Law, if we perceive Life as an extremely complex interaction of numerous exotic chemical compounds, which demand a huge amount of energy in order to take place.
On the other hand, I tend to believe that Life is acting as a helping hand to the eroding actions of Time, by creating an additional disorder in the Universe. Of course we cannot see it that way, therefore we call this activity as “ecosystem” and, in the process of preserving it, we constantly increase Entropy, which would be much lower in stable inorganic systems of low energy transformation.
If you have not dropped comatose, until now, my dear Reader, you must have realized that by nature, we are nothing more that Entropy enhancement mechanisms and as such, we should not feel surprised by the constantly increasing Chaos all around us, because we are made to create it, either by our activity or by the lack of it.
And at this very moment, the tragic duality of the Human Nature is revealed to us. We are creatures whose evolutionary process has allowed them to realize the Supreme Mind behind the deterioration of Matter and Energy. Among all creatures around us, we are the only ones condemned to know that Time will take us away from the perfect Platonic Form, towards annihilation, while our Soul dreams of the moment it will meet again with Light.
If you consider all the above, my dear friend, you will come much closer to understanding the nature of the Masonic ritual. One group of men, connected with brotherly ties, meets in a never-changing manner, in a place that is decorated in a very familiar pattern all over the Earth, following the same dress code and performing always the same set actions that we call Rite.
What could that ritual be, my friend, if not for a repeated Moment, a small piece of timeless Time, where Entropy is halted temporarily, our Social status is left outside the Temple like an unneeded coat, and what’s left is a small group of spiritually connected people, devoid of riches, titles and honors, who repeat a Perfect Moment again and again, until they fully realize its meaning, thus being able to approach the Light?
Maybe this is the essence of Freemasonry, my friend. To live and relive the same timeless Moment, always initiated and always taught by this process, until your Heart and your Spirit become able to find the road towards the Light within……