Hey guys, I was just going over the notes ive been making while reading Albert Piike's Morals and Dogma. And I came across this passage that made my
eyes well up
It tells what masonry truly is, and what it means to be a mason.
Masonry labors to improve the social order by enlightening men's minds, warming their hearts with the love of the good, inspiring them with the great
principle of human fraternity, and requiring of its disciples that their language and actions shall con-form to that principle, that they shall
enlighten each other, control their passions, abhor vice, and pity the vicious man as one afflicted with a deplorable malady.
It is the universal, eternal, immutable religion, such as God planted it in the heart of universal humanity. No creed has ever been long-lived that
was not built on this foundation. It is the base, and they are the superstructure. "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to
visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." "Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to
loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?" The ministers of this
religion are all Masons who comprehend it and are devoted to it; its sacrifices to God are good works, the sacrifices of the base and disorderly
passions, the offering up of self-interest on the altar of humanity, and perpetual efforts to attain to all the moral perfection of which man is
To make honor and duty the steady beacon-lights that shall guide your life-vessel over the stormy seas of time; to do that which it is right to do,
not because it will insure you success, or bring with it a reward, or gain the applause of men, or be "the best policy," more prudent or more
advisable; but because it is right, and therefore ought to be done; to war incessantly against error, intolerance, ignorance, and vice, and yet to
pity those who err, to be tolerant even of intolerance, to teach the ignorant, and to labor to reclaim the vicious, are some of the duties of a
A good Mason is one that can look upon death, and see its face with the same countenance with which he hears its story; that can endure all the labors
of his life with his soul supporting his body, that can equally despise riches when he hath them and when he hath them not; that is, not sadder if
they are in his neighbor's exchequer, nor more lifted up if they shine around about his own walls; one that is not moved with good fortune coming to
him, nor going from him; that can look upon another man's lands with equanimity and pleasure, as if they were his own; and yet look upon his own, and
use them too, just as if they were another man's; that neither spends his goods prodigally and foolishly, nor yet keeps them avariciously and like a
miser; that weighs not benefits by weight and number, but by the mind and circumstances of him who confers them; that never thinks his charity
expensive, if a worthy person be the receiver; that does nothing for opinion's sake, but everything for conscience, being as careful of his thoughts
as of his acting in markets and theatres, and in as much awe of himself as of a whole assembly; that is, bountiful and cheerful to his friends, and
charitable and apt to forgive his enemies; that loves his country, consults its honor, and obeys its laws, and desires and endeavors nothing more than
that he may do his duty and honor God. And such a Mason may reckon his life to be the life of a man, and compute his months, not by the course of the
sun, but by the zodiac and circle of his virtues.
The whole world is but one republic, of which each nation is a family, and every individual a child.