posted on Jul, 25 2007 @ 11:08 AM
Originally posted by Yarcofin
I just have a question for the masons, as someone who might consider joining if it were worth the time and effort...
For lack of a simpler way to put it, "What's in it for me?"
It depends on what you want to put into it. Might sound cliche, but it's true. If you are active and participate, the bonds of friendship you will
make with the brethren is one thing. If you memorize all the ritual I would say that you would have a very real sense of accomplishment within
yourself. If you read and study Masonic literature or other related material, you just might find that you look at the world a little differently.
These are just a few examples.
Also, there's roast beef. Mmmmmm...
Is all of masonry just memorizing very long texts and going through drama rituals, where all you get out of it is a moral or something
philosophical? Or is there anything "hands-on" such as workings in the occult?
No, that's not all of it. A big part, perhaps, but not all. "Hands-on ... workings in the occult?" I highly doubt that, given the context implied;
though it probably wouldn't be hard to find someone willing to discuss those kinds of things with you. Really it depends on the lodge. Some are more
esoterically inclined than others. It really is what you make of it.
How has masonry changed your life in a way that nothing else could have? Has it given you any profound understanding about yourself, how the
world works, or anything else? If you can share details that would be great, but it's understandable if you can't.
Masonry is a "vehicle for enlightenment," if you will. There are other ways to achieve what Masonry can in an individual. There are *plenty* of
"Masons" out there who have never set foot in a lodge, or even considered doing so. No, Masonry has no monopoly on changing lives. It has a unique
way of doing it, however. But again, it all comes down to YOU. What are you willing to put into it for yourself? The answer to that question is the
answer to YOUR question.
Me personally? It really hasn't changed me all that much. I'm a little more reverent, I think, and I seem to be quicker to help a stranger than I
once was. I also have friends and Brothers all over the world, that I might never have met otherwise. The best part of it is difficult to describe.
It's an internal, personal thing; an increased knowledge of self, perhaps.
I have learned a great deal since I started researching Masonry a few years ago, and it's not something I expect to end. I'll keep learning until I
reach the end of my time...
[edit on 7/25/07 by The Axeman]