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