posted on May, 26 2005 @ 11:23 PM
so i finally took that first step to actually go to the local masons lodge last nite, upon being invited by the master after a short talk with him on
the phone. up until this point i have been constantly reading about the organization, and its history, and yes, hearing both sides of the coin
regarding societies views on its membership. and lets just say i just got tired of reading and researching about it, and figured why the hell dont i
just get up and go down there, and actually meet these people, to get a real vibe on how they are. because up until this point, everything has been
pushing me towards it, because every con ive read usually has come from ultra consipracy theorists, and uber right wing conservative christians, with
no valid ground to stand on, with regards to the hate towards the organization...and every pro ive read has been really impressive to me.
ive always really loved the ideology the masons have regarding, truth, charity, and above all, family. i love the community outreach...theyre always
raising money for some good cause, and i love the idea of the fellowship it can offer.
but back to my point, i went to the lodge last nite (wed. nite) and i was REALLy really impressed with the people. i was kind of nervous at first
when i got there (they were prepping for their 2nd degree ceremony), but once i introduced myself to the steward, all that nervousness just went away.
by no means am i exaggerating but everyone i met in that lodge, and i must have met at least a dozen or more...these men were the most open,
emotionally generous, caring, warm, and kindest men ive ever met. they made me feel at home, while at the same time with the understanding that they
were not selling me anything..that i had to do wut i just did...which is come to them.
they made me feel like one of them, and i wasnt even that just yet..and i could tell it wasnt forced, that this was how these men were all the
time....and honestly it really moved me. living in the world we do today where no one cares about anyone else, where u could get stabbed on the
street, and no one would look twice...it was really refreshing and moving to see this group of men, who, pardon my french, seemed to really genuinely
give a **** about something, and above all, their fellow man.
so needless to say, ive already called the master tonite, told him my sign up fee and application are ready...he invited me to meet him at the lodge
on sat. morning to give to him then...then he will elect a comittee this coming wed. of 3 people to come to my home and talk with me and my family as
well as answer any questions my wife might have for them.. then after that he said they will report back to him, and if everything looks good, i am
looking at becoming an E.A. by July. im so very excited.
but i guess my question is (directed at the masons)....how long does it usually take to get to the 3rd degree...lets say if you really took things
seriously, and you put a good deal of effort into it, and did the best you could..wuts the reasonable timeline? im not in a rush, just wondering what
it usually is. Thanks!