reply to post by jfiery
Is it what I expected.... Yes and more.
Let me say one thing before I give you couple examples. I am going to bet that some of my more experienced brothers on this site will agree. MASONIC
LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT.
Let me explain. There is a ton of things you can do and lots of things you can experience once you are raised to a Master Mason. I am extremely
fortunate in that much of it is there for the taking for me. I am a member of a lodge that is under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of
Pennsylvania. I also meet in a lodge that is fortunate enough to meet within the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia. There is a wonderful museum and
library that I can utilize. I have the ability join any appendant body within the same facility.
All that I say, not to make you believe it "easy" for me. I say it because it's what I make of it. I use the library. Many of my brothers
don't. I view the artwork within the Temple and question it's nature. Many of my brothers don't. I have joined the Pa Academy of Masonic
Knowledge. Most of my brothers haven't. You get the point I am sure.
All of these things are available to any Mason, anywhere. It just depends on how much you want it. I would continue my quest for knowledge and
understanding even if it wasn't as "easy" as it is for me. That is in my nature. That is what makes Masonic life appealing to me.
There are hundreds of reasons that people join. There probably are very few reasons that aren't good reasons. (If you join for self gain other than
a quest for knowledge you will be sorely disappointed.) The lodge has given me the opportunity to "make myself a better man" in the short time I
have been involved. The more I get involved, the more I will get in those terms.
I have also got to meet some wonderful people whom I otherwise would never have met. All are but a phone call away if I have questions or want
clarity on anything masonic. This includes a few people who I have had the opportunity to meet per chance. They are have been as helpful and as
willing to speak to me as anyone within my lodge itself. What's great about these guys is that if you were to approach any of them and ask
questions, they would speak to you as openly about your concerns, etc. I would think you would get multiple dinner invitations to "come see for
The guys that have really impressed me have been the ones who have been the ones that through ACTIONS have supported my logic for joining. Many of
these guys belong to multiple organzations outside of masonry. Be it Little League, Pee Wee Football, Scouts, etc. they are involved in the
community. If it was just masonry for masonry sake it would be too cult like and a burden. If the education was forced upon you, again, cult like.
If you demanded to participate, cult like. None of these are true. It's what you make of it and how you want to be involved.
I hope that answers your question. Be more than happy to speak to you via U2U if you have more questions or want more detail.