Outsider Art

One of the lectures I give in the Entered Apprentice Degree of Freemasonry is accompanied by a set of slides.  Now the text of the lecture is generally considered to be covered under the same NDA as the rest of the Masonic ritual work, although it’s mostly in plain English in the cipher.  But the slides accompanying the lecture are freely available at the Grand Lodge of WI website.

Last night, I gave a lecture at an Entered Apprentice Degree at George Washington 1776 Lodge #337 in Whitefish Bay.  After my lecture ended, another Brother gave the lecture that uses the slides.  As he was giving the lecture, I tuned out his words and focused on the pictures.  I realized that out of context, the pictures are really odd.  So I decided to set up this test to see what non-Masons see in these slides, not knowing the context or assigned meanings of the symbols and emblems used therein.  I will be sanitizing the comments in case any anti-Masonic kooks decide to chime in (or unwitting and far-too-eager-to-share Masons accidentally say something they shouldn’t).

Disclaimer:  The Masonic Degrees are a beautiful, meaningful, and moving experience.  I in no way wish to denigrate or devalue them or the important lessons and truths contained therein.

I’ve blurred out some of the labels in the slides, not to conceal the meanings (you can download the original .pps from the link above), but to make it more fun and challenging.

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Yes, I skipped Slide 19.  It was a duplicate of Slide 17 for some reason.

My only comment on these is for #11:  “Oh shit!  The tent’s on fire!  Quick, everybody out!!”

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  1. #1 by Joshua on May 19, 2010 - 8:47 AM

    Okay I lied: Here’re my comments:
    #1: “You were caught reading the Bible. A warrant has been issued for your arrest.”
    #2: “Soo… Did anyone bring any cards or dice or marbles? Are we just gonna sit there then?”
    #9: “Better watch that W candle – it’s about to ignite the drapes.”
    #12: “Seriously, WTF? Why do I have to take the census of the homeless? This guy won’t shut up with his craziness!”
    #15: “And stay down!”
    #16: “Oh, that Harry Potter!”
    #22: “Hey! You guys! I found this really big diamond next to a black cylinder.”

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