reply to post by Mintwithahole.
I don't think we are going to save the world, or that we claim to.
However I do believe that we try to make the world a better place, at least while we are here.
Unfortunately masonry doesn't offer a path to salvation, but it does offer a plan for moral behavior in that we believe strongly in helping
I know it seems like we proselytize a lot on here when we defend ourselves. We can hardly claim to be persecuted in the modern world since we are
mostly a bunch of WASP-y nerds nowadays, but it sometimes feels like an uphill battle.
A lot of non-masons on here say they never really met a mason they didn't like. I sort of feel that way about anti-masons that are willing to debate
civilly and politely.
Deep down I think most of you guys feel as strongly as you do because you want the world to be a better place too and you fear that secret societies
are working against that goal.
Hopefully, though, it won't come down to a specific 'group' of people that do all the work, rather it will come down to all of us working together
for a better world in spite of our differences.
There is one topic of discussion that IS allowed in our lodge that is perhaps more divisive than even religion or politics. It has driven a schism
into our brotherhood here locally and turned brother against brother.
Due to our unique geographical location our brothers are split in their loyalties. Some lie to the north, while others (particularly the old dudes)
lie to the south.
Thankfully we are gaining more members that are younger and realize the way of the future lies with the north, and we are determined to see that
destiny realized, hopefully before this year is over.
What is this schism I speak of?
Well, you see, we are exactly halfway between Wrigley Field and Busch Stadium.
Until very recently the old guard proudly and arrogantly waved their misplaced Cardinal loyalty without fear or shame.
Ever since the Da Vinci Code, however, there has been an infusion of fresh young blood into the fraternity. We have been raised since childhood
knowing that with the dawn of a new millenium we would see the end of a century long curse and the Cubs would once again rise like the phoenix to
clinch the world series crown.
I must tread carefully because our Worshipful Master serves the evil Cardinal and so does our Senior Warden. Even if we end the curse this October we
will be faced with at least another year of ruthless Cardinal domination.
Fortunately the next four chairs in the line of succession hold loyal Cubbie fans and we shall take back the lodge. We shall rise again to face the
tophat-wearing geriatrics and bring in a new era where the Worshipful Master shall don the 'Rally Cap' while overseeing the lodge.
One day, when it is my turn and privilege to oversee the lodge, I will take the revolutionary step of replacing our sacred phrase 'so mote it be'
after the opening and closing prayer with the words of our prophet Harry Caray...
"Supreme Grand Master of the Universe: We would reverently invoke Thy blessing at this time: Wilt Thou be pleased to grant that this meeting, thus
begun in order, may be conducted in peace, and closed in harmony. Amen."
"CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!"