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"Old Tiler Talks," by Carl Claudy
"Why does Masonry fail so much?" puzzled the New Brother, dropping into a chair beside the Old Tiler in the anteroom.
"I didn't know it did," commented the Old Tiler. "But then, I'm an old man and my eyes are not very good. Maybe I don't see clearly any more. Tell me about it."
"Oh, you see well enough! You just don't want to admit that the order to the service of which you have devoted so much time and thought is just a failure!"
To those who rise Masonry has a helping hand to extend. To those who fail and stay fallen, she has charity. Not hers the fault that humanity is frail. She hold the torch; if they close their eyes to its radiance and refuse to see the narrow path that the torch illumines, will you blame the torch?
Originally posted by Nygdan
The why credit masonry with the success? And in this analogy, masonry is just the torch, not the path either no?
Masonry professes to teach moral virtue no? And while I'll agree that many religions profess the same thing, they also tend to emphasize salvation over virtue (in a sense). So masonry seems to be the one most striclty making a claim at setting up the possiblity of moral improvement.
And yet, it doesn't work very often, because men who've had masonic training, in addition to all that everyone else has, still so often end up being no more moral than other men around them, or indeed any more moral that they probably would've been without masonry and with some other instituion to use to focus on their moral improvement, no?