Based in Chicago, USA, X-Oriente is a podcast by R.W. Eric Diamond and W. Jason Van Dyke that explores the ideas and values of Freemasonry in the 21st century.

013: Psst! It's Gossip!

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Have you heard the latest Gossip? Do you really want to? Why? In this episode we explore gossip: why it is harmful and why it can threaten the harmony of the lodge. Gossip is bad for the gossiper, the gossipee, the person hearing it, the person passing it on, and the Fraternity as a whole. It goes against our values as Masons and our Obligations. So why do we do it?

Special guest: Bro. (and Reverend) Timothy Bonney


00:00 Intro

01:05 Catching up

02:04 Shout-out to Jimmy Coleman of Honolulu Lodge! Congrats on your raising!

02:18 Shout-out to the guys of Missouri, and the article on X-Oriente in The Missouri Freemason magazine!

03:35 Welcome new listeners!

04:38 Intro to gossip

05:44 What is gossip?

06:37 Bro. Tim Bonney

07:50 Why gossip is a bad idea

12:00 The litmus test: how to tell when you are gossiping

13:36 A cautionary folktale--gossip is like a fired bullet

16:23 A Christian minister's perspective

18:00 The Jewish/Kabbalistic perspective

19:52 The Karmic burden of gossip

21:42 What does Masonry have to say about the subject?

22:25 The Masonic antidote to gossip: VIDE AUDE TACE (Know, Dare, Keep Silent)

25:49 Discretion is obligitory--confidence should always be our default setting

26:35 Topic wrap-up

27:40 Playlist contest

29:56 Outro

Note: Much of my source material came from an excellent book on the subject: Gossip: Ten Pathways to Eliminate It from Your Life and Transform Your Soul


"The ending before the beginning - instrumental" by Bill de Rome

"Gunshot Wake," by Blackout Gorgeous

"Investigating The Phantom Signal" by Anterrabae

"Sienna Bullet - Grunge Mix" by after touch

"Son of Ambriel" by Cargo Cult from the Vibrant Album available on Magnatunes

"Seasons" by Cargo Cult from the Vibrant Album available on Magnatunes

014: RANT!

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