I just wanted to let you all know I have taken the "plunge" so to speak. Yes, I called my local Lodge and setup contact. I must first say that his
was all because of you, and you'll never know how much I appreciate it, I mean that.
Now for an interesting tidbit. After I'd gotten off the phone with my Lodge, I got a phone call from a dear friend. He knew of my intention to join,
and he was very impressed and encouraging to say the least. "Jim, how the hell'd you know about this?" I said, rather puzzled, like being hit in
the head I'd guess. He just laughed out loud and waited for me to put 2 and 2 together lol. Turns out a very dear friend of mine, one that I've
known for literally years and years, he's a "reptile" too.
In all seriousness though, this guy, you'd have to know him of course, but I mean he's of the utmost character. He's a pillar of the community, and
in our small town (population 6,000), he's a guy people know and trust.
He's a Deputy for our County's Sheriff's Office, I'm a reserve Deputy, and me and him work together just about every weekend. I must say, I was
totally surprised, as we've known each other so long, and literally place our lives in each other's hands regularly.
Anyways, we spoke of many things, much along the lines as what I've spoken of with you gentlemen. I think he could tell I was excited, as he'll be
over this evening for dinner, we'll be speaking of my application further, and talking it over with the wife.
I just wanted to say thank you, as I'd not have done it if I'd not have spoken with you all, for that "nudge" of support. I was still on the fence
really, but when I saw people come in my thread posting all sorts of foolishness degrading Masonry, and how logically you spoke to them, I knew it was
the right thing to do. I don't know, can't explain it, but with all the B.S. I see posted on here about Freemasonry, knowing that it was all
baseless claims, it kinda encouraged me to join also.
There was a time I was like some of these people, saw masons as conspiratorial etc. But if you really research it and look it over with a logical eye,
it becomes apparent that there is not any concrete basis for such reasoning. There is (in my opinion) much more to gain from Masonry as an individual,
than is ever taken by the organization. Does that make sense?
Leveller, Mirthful, Alex, Bill, JCmin, and Masonic Light, thanks for the thoughts and advice. I truly appreciate it!
About the craziness posted a few posts back, I can only say this:
If you truly want to learn of Freemasonry, rather than just forming a belief system consisting of conspiratorial and anti-Masonic websites etc, you
can do so. There are many Masonic books that are in the public's domain. Granted you will read things that you won't understand, but if you have a
true hunger for the knowledge, you may end up joining to learn more.
People always have an irrational fear of the unknown. No matter what that's true. But the beauty of a truly independent thinking Man(or woman), is
the ability for him/her to rise above primal fears, and logically approach a situation. If you are "fearful" of Freemasonry, read, study, and
rationalize what you digest of the Craft. Ask advice of a Freemason! They're open honest, good-natured people. That's really all I can tell you.
Best of luck on that search!