I was given a book as a gift and welcome into the Scottish Rite this last week (Thursday), 2 days ago by Brother Alexander. It is written by Jim Tresner, Vested in Glory, The Aprons, Cordons, Collars, Caps, and Jewels of the Degrees of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, one of the most sumptuous and gorgeous books I have ever seen. I finished reading it today, and it is a wonderful resource! I really, REALLY liked what Brother Tresner said about symbolism in general. Symbolism is one of my favorite subjects (perhaps because I am an artist in wood working, and really love shapes).
One reason why it is a good thing to like symbols is because it "expands the brain." (p. 10 - all quotes on this page)
I like that immensely! They teach us how to think anew, as well as creatively. "When we let a symbol play on our minds, we often find ourselves surprised by a new idea or association. Symbols do a good job of stimulating our creativity." I can absolutely, without question, second that comment.
"Fuzzy logic and fuzzy thinking have become positive terms in recent years rather than negative descriptions. The best I can pin down the meaning is this: fuzzy logic or thinking is thinking which 'has enough give' in it that the starting point doesn't completely determine the outcome. Pure or hard logic is inflexible. Fuzzy logic allows for unexpected and, therefore, creative outcomes."
One of the most important points Brother Tresner gives is that "Symbols can elevate the spirit, lead us to the contemplation of eternal verities, put us in resonance with our higher selves."
And finally, "symbols are fun!" I had to laugh when I read that. I cannot possibly disagree with that in any manner. They are also practical as Brother Tresner noted Einstein, Kekule, Bell, and other inventors, scientists, etc., used symbols that literally transformed our lives, from long chain polymers, to telephones, to relativity.
This book is beautifully illustrated with Paintings by Robert White (whom I mistakenly called "Brother Woods" in my videos - oops! It is well written, very informative, profoundly insightful, and just a terrific read. It is 223 pages, has some powerfully referenced appendices, and is a seriously handy and valuable addition to my growing Masonic library. Thank you for such a gift Brother Alexander. It is one I will read again and again and again, and reference to many a times in my writings and videos.