posted on Nov, 27 2009 @ 12:30 PM
Originally posted by Jim Scott
Not sure if you want the Original Poster to answer your questions but if you do not mind I will offer my own.
Have you found it to benefit your job?
Not in the least bit, but I will patronzie local businesses that I know happened to be owned by other Masons. For example, I bought my ring from a
member of my lodge as oppsed to a jewelry store where I did not know the proprieter. I prefer, if possible, to know the persons with whom I am
conducting business and if they happen to be in my lodge there is a bit of inherent trust that I will place in them due to my frequency of seeing them
at lodge functions and knowing them on a personal level.
Does it take up a lot of your personal time?
Our lodge is quite busy and I typically spend fout to six nights a month with Lodge-related activities; whether they are meetings, practice, candidate
instruction or degrees. We also have many family oriented events throughout the year, for example our lodge Ladies Night was this past week.
It is up to the individual Mason to decide how much time they wish to invest in attending lodge functions. As an officer I attend most, but I do not
look down upon the other Brothers who may, for their own reasons, not attend as frequently.
Do you find them to be hypocritical?
On some occasions I have found certain members to by hypocritical. One was a Brother who was expelled for his poor behavior so we can, and do, police
ourselves when it comes to unexceptable actions.
I suppose the dues are a lot higher as you go up the chain, right?
All Master Masons pay the same dues. If you however join the York Rite for example (which is an appendant body) you are expected to pay dues to them
I kinda like the fact that they do believe in a Supreme Being but don't identify it. The lodge is probably not the place to post your
religious views, as they are trying for an international compatibility.
I agree and this is what I found to be one of the more attractive features. I am not quite sure I would call it 'international compatibility', to me
it is more of a respect for another Brothers beliefs.