A Newbie on ATS here...
I'm hoping that this thread will restart, as I'm VERY impressed by the (mostly) Gentlemanly behaviour I've seen expressed, the fine advice
given, and the genuine brotherliness proferred to the Profane (given they have genuine Questions, and aren't simply trying to derail the Board with
their own (and it's often Theirs Alone, I may add) Agenda-driven Rants.
I'm a 25-Year Blue Lodge Mason (presently Junior Warden of my Mother Lodge); 32nd Degree (Scottish Rite (NMJ), where I've played Clarinet in the
Orchestra) ; and Knight Templar (York Rite), presently Generalissimo of my Commandery).
As such, I've been involved with countless Fish-Frys, Chili-Suppers, and Child Identification booths; as well as contributing to such causes as
Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities Research and Learning Centers (Scottish Rite), the York Rite Eye Foundation, Womens' Shelters, Widows and
Orphans' Fundraisers, and the Shriner's Burns Centers.
This represents my 'Exoteric' side... where I take the Lessons I've learned, and give them back to the World, as best I can. Faith, Hope and
Charity are Primary Tenets of the Craft... as they are of most of the grea
I am also a member of The Masonic Society, the Philalethes Society (both of them Research Groups), and the Levant Preceptory (a Area "Living
History" group carrying the Swords, Maille and Helmets of our ancient Namesakes, (akin to the Society for Creative Anachronism, but performing the
Order of the Temple in Period Garb... tiring, but very rewarding). This, I suppose, Is my more 'Esoteric' Side... the time I devote to Study and
Finding the Balance between the External and Internal... the Exoteric and Esoteric... is not always easy, but it's always been rewarding to me.
As is serving as an Officer in my Mother Lodge, and a Representative for at Grand Lodge.
(Yes... we Masons are always looking for needed Changes. It often takes several years, and endless Committee Meetings, but we DO change, however
slowly ! ).
NOW... the Reader should know that through my Youth, I was, I thought, entirely "un-Clubbable". Even my College Fraternity left me very cold.
Though I made many fine Friends in College, the ones I still know and chat with... the ones that that I would loosely call Brothers to this day,
were all from the Band, and only incidentally from the guys I happened to be living with in the Frat.
Dad's jaw just about hit the floor whan I brought my Petition for him to sign, a few years later. "But... you hated your College Frat... How are
you going to be pleased with the Masons ?"
"Dad... You know as well as I do why I didn't like my Frat. It existed (as every other one does) as a Gang. A Gang with Beer (the kegs from last
Saturday were warm and a bit skunky by Friday... but that was Delivery day for the Weekend)."
(NOTA BENE: We're talking thirty years ago. Society has changed. I think the Frats have, too... at least, I hope so).
"Sixty-five Underage-or-Thereabout guys, living on their own for the first time, who are supposed to be studying Advanced Calculus, or
Thucidydes 101, or "John Stuart Mill for Dummies" were trooped, en masse, to the Library every Night. For no other Reason, that I could discern,
than we looked 'Studious' in so doing, which pleased the Library Staff. Sloshed to the gills. For the Honor of our Proud Fraternity. " I
I thought for a few moments, deciding whether I was being really out-of-place in bringing it up again :
"I've tried to bring up Masonic stuff with you for several years. Every time, I'd get the short answer : 'I can't talk about that ' !
So, since I had a lot of time in "Study Hall"... I started reading around. And I found stWhen was the last time you read your Monitor ?"
"Huh ?!?" He gasped as I pulled the little black tome from my pocket. "Where'd you get that ?? You're not supposed to have...
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