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District No. 1080

From the Station of the Leading Knight

POLITE SOCIETY

Have you ever experienced déjà vu? These French words literally mean “already seen”. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines déjà vu as “the illusion of remembering scenes and events when experienced for the first time”; “a feeling that one has seen or heard something before”.  Merriam-Webster also cites déjà vu as being “something overly or unpleasantly familiar”.  

How can you explain déjà vu? There is no scientific explanation for this experience; rather, it is explained as being a “phenomenon”. Yet, it has been reported that 70% of the population has experienced some form of déjà vu. The highest number of incidents is reported by people between the ages of 15 to 25. 

What about intuition; do you have intuition? Wikipedia defines intuition as “a phenomenon of the mind, describes the ability to acquire knowledge without inference or the use of reason”.  Hmmm…; there is that “phenomenon” word again.

Oddly enough both déjà vu and intuition are described as phenomena, and Merriam-Webster dictionary defines phenomenon as being “something (such as an interesting fact or event) that can be observed and studied and that typically is unusual or difficult to understand or explain fully”.

Have you ever had a dream that later came true?  Have you ever seen a ghost? Have you ever felt the presence of a spirit? We live in a world that we cannot fully explain. Facts are considered to be rational, however, beliefs are deemed to be irrational. We all maintain feelings and ideals that we cannot validate. The most widely held belief is religion which is considered to be a faith rather than a fact.  Sometimes we have a hunch about something and a validated hunch is upgraded as being intuition. Emotions are irrational as they cannot be proven.  Do you believe in love?  What we believe shapes who we are, and all of us are products of our individual life experiences.

Our beliefs are ‘leaps of faith’, as these tenets cannot be easily proved nor easily disproved.  This is part of the human condition. Those that are scientifically minded call phenomena as nothing more than hogwash. Some believe in the big bang theory, and when queried as to how the matter that banged came about to begin with, their answer is “it was just there”. 

As Elks, we declare a belief in God. I urge you to explore your irrational ability and reach out. We can enhance our ability with meditation or mute our ability with alcohol. There is an unexplained phenomena that can change your life and your capacity for justice, charity, brotherly love and fidelity.  Irrational man is the heart and the spirit of a Polite Society.

John Aube’, Esteemed Leading Knight


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