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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Problem IS in the Pipeline

I wanted to express my view on the topic in the link by Catherine Rampell, an opinion writer for the Washington Post who wrote about the lack of diversity in engineering & STEM fields.

The problem IS in the pipeline. More often, minority students with talent are NOT spotted or encouraged into STEM, which has actually done our country (and those students) a great dis-service. I was one of those students, with high IQ & test scores yet steered toward blue-collar employment - not college.

It was so bad at my high school that I was denied entry into a Basic Electricity course because "Black people don't take that class" I was told. Another thing that makes this odd, I come from a family with Electrical Engineers, and am myself now a semi-retired Electrical/Electronic Engineer (due to health issues/ disability) and 3 of my 4 adult children (2 daughters, 1 son) are engineers (Electrical, Civil/Structural, Computer Science/Programming). 

Every area I was employed in as an Electrician or Engineer, I was often the only non-white person employed and openly disrespected by my peers and management despite my knowledge and excellent job performance.

Had I or my parents allowed this negativity to direct the course of my life where would I have ended up?

It always saddens me to see that our public schools dissuade ethnic minority students with talent and potential... SMH

The region I live in still excludes ethnic minority students from STEM areas, and I have great concern now, as I did when I actually attended school in this region so many years ago. Type-casting still goes on, with students not being prepared for present or future --- they are left relegated to a time period when Blacks (and other ethnic minorities) were still wearing chains, physical and mental and relegated to second or even third class citizenship.

Read the article written by Miss Catherine Rampell and see what conclusion YOU arrive at.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

(from a recent Juniper talk on Engaging a Path)

"We live in an age of the self-proclaimed guru, when any person can write a book, teach a class, or start a Web site that displays spiritual knowledgeable and wisdom. But books, classes and Web sites are not the measure of spiritual knowledge and wisdom. For that we'd have to know if they smile at the busboy, can say "I'm sorry," show grace among those less fortunate, humility before their teachers, generosity when no one is watching, forgiveness when wronged, patience when others falter. Spiritual insight is not about what we say on the stage; it is about who we are when the spotlight stops shining."

Apply this to your life, and what do you really come up with as an end result answer?

Now, take this and apply it to Freemasonry specifically... where do you fit into these words?

I have come to understand why some people (myself included) choose to become hermits... a person comes to prefer peace over chaos!


Raymond Sean Walters a/k/a Renaissance Man

Friday, August 08, 2014



Adapted and condensed from Don Bradley, Freemasonry in the 21st
Century, ISBN 1-888298-00-6.

1. Free Masons do not have selfish interests. All they do, say, and think is for the welfare of others.

2. Vanity is dead for them. They see themselves as they are and do not pretend to be something other than what they are.

3. Anger is no longer their Free. They have found that anger is a defense mechanism of the ego.

4. They are not the slaves of possessions. Money, homes, cars, clothes, books, TV's are not evil in themselves; it is being a slave to them that is a problem.

5. Free Masons are not afraid to act with courage in their convictions. If they have a fear, they act to overcome it.

6. A Free Mason is always a real person. He does not care what others think of him, but he constantly cares for the welfare of others.

7. He sees the viewpoints of others. He listens and thinks about what others are saying so as to understand them.

8. His emotions are always positive. If hate or anger try to control him, he finds love and understanding and lets them bloom instead.

9. He uses his imagination for creative, not destructive purposes. He imagines how he is going to respond instead of react to events.

10. He does not belittle or slander others. His job is to see that anything that comes from his mind, emotions, or mouth is the highest it can be for him.

11. Each day he aligns himself with his inner teacher. He does this by spending a few quiet minutes to allow himself to be healed of his vices and shortcomings.

12. All his actions have as their basic animating energy the power of Love. Even when he acts as a warrior to destroy darkness and evil, it is with the support of love and freedom.

13. He always has a vision. His vision comes from his heart, and because this is so, it always includes humanity.

14. His actions, feelings and thoughts are in harmony with the teachings of ageless Wisdom. He is always acting in the best interests of all concerned, and his daily life is an example of sanity and balance.

15. He is never fanatical. He is sane, normal, and healthy. The most interesting idea about the Free Mason is that he is one who is an example of integration. Integration means that his mind, emotions, and body all work together and not against each other. A true Free Mason has glimpsed the eternal and unchanging reality of life. He sees all things as necessary in the Great Plan for unfolding the hidden potential of all creation. As such, mortality and its illusion are overcome by him. As he lives in the eternal, his life reflects that eternal consciousness.

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