reply to post by SecretSky
Lessons are taught and learned via ceremony, and presumably some form of moral tale to go with it.
Is the tale taught as fact? Or is it open to interpretation? (Story and tale sound somehow patronizing, but I can't find a better word!)
I'm curious - as there seems to be a lot of mentioning of the journey/experience being more important than the final moment of obtaining the
Neat graphic! I don't think it applies to Masonry, because there is no real adventure or struggle, except for your personal troubles and vices that
you bring in with you.
Ther is no "final moment of obtaining the knowledge." It is kind of like "practicing" medicine. You practice Masonry. The parables, ceremonies,
lessons, tales, symbology, and other modes of learning are just to help illustrate a moral code that we already know in our hearts. No one imparts
knowledge upon you, instead they just illustrate a moral way of living, and then make themselves available to help you along on your own development.
They serve as mentors and examples. Once in awhile we mess up, even as mentors we mess up, and luckily there is a group around you to help you get
Case in point. Last year we initiated a young man that was struggling with personal issues. He almost didn't get admitted, because he was young,
tattooed, and a little erratic, but he seemed genuine, he attended several of our meals, and his mother actually called a couple of Masons and asked
that we mentor him. After a rousing talk by the investigative committee, we voted to bring him through the degrees. He did great, he attended lodge,
he learned things quickly, and he was progressing along nicely, and then one day his mother called to say he was dead. Apparently his ex-girlfriend
had gotten a hold of him in the middle of the night, and some old haunts came back, he was all alone, and he shot himself. We were shocked, saddened,
disappointed in ourselves, etc. It all changed when his mother approached each Mason at the funeral and said the previous few months had been the
best months of her boys life. She was thankful for the time he got to spend with us, and she had seen him become a much happier man over those
months. It still saddens me that he didn't reach out more, or that we didn't notice how deeply his troubles were ingrained, but it was nice that
his mother appreciated his time as a Mason, instead of looking for a scapegoat like so many would have done.
We all make mistakes, Masons are not immune to real life's troubles, but we do have a support system, and we do have a moral code we strive to live
by, and we do have a high caliber of men that choose to join our ranks.