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Montana FreemaTsoHnE SEVEN LIBERAL AMRaTrcSh A20N14D	 SCIENCES ENLARGVEoDlume 90 Number 1

                                           Jack R. Levitt PGM(CA) #1,6&18

   The seven liberal arts and sciences became a               Music helps us appreciate the natural harmony of
mainstay of Masonry in 16th Century Europe when            the world and teaches the art of forming concords,
the leaders of operative Freemasonry decided the           so as to compose delightful harmony. By it, man
members needed more than just technical skills.            is reminded that the Universe is founded on the
Earlier parts of seven were encouraged by men, such        laws of celestial harmonics and that harmony and
as Plato, Socrates and Aristotle, who understood the       rhythm are all pervading; and
importance of a broad education.
                                                              Astronomy impresses upon us that everything
   The study of them, besides polishing and adorning       has a season, and that everything is connected. By
the mind, is earnestly recommended because each            it, man gains an understanding of the immensities
liberal art or science allows us to cultivate discovering  of time and space, of his own relationship to the
meaning in the people, places, and events that we have     Universe, and of the awesomeness of the unknown
contact with, so that we can live our day-to-day lives     Power that is constantly driving the innumerable
with greater intention, meaning and wisdom.                stars of the firmament through illimitable space.

   They materially add to self-improvement by                 Like Freemasonry, the study of the seven liberal
the development of one’s intellectual faculties, by        arts and sciences is a life-long pursuit.
elevation of one’s moral and spiritual character, and
by the acquisition of knowledge.

   They contain more than is presented in the Staircase
Lecture. Consider the following explanations of them:

   Grammar, which instructs us to choose our words
carefully, teaches us to think before we speak and to
realize the power of words. By it, man has learned
to express in noble and lofty words his innermost
thoughts and ideals;

   Rhetoric teaches us that what others hear is the
most important part of what we say. By it, man is
enabled to conceal his desires, under the protective
covering of ambiguous language and figures of

   Logic teaches us to consider the facts and appeal
to reason before making decisions. By it, man
is trained in the organization of the intellectual
faculties with which he has been endowed;

   Arithmetic teaches us to separate fact from
feeling in the pursuit of truth. By it, man is not only
instructed in the mysteries of the Universal Order,
but also gains the key to multitude, magnitude and

   Geometry helps us understand what creates               Grammar, rhetoric, logic/dialectic, arithmetic, geometry, music,
a solid foundation and a beautiful aesthetic. By           and astronomy/astrology. From the twelfth century Hortus
it, man is inducted into the mathematics of the            Deliciarum.
rhythm and harmony of angles and the philosophy
of organization;                                                                                                              Page 15
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