posted on Jun, 26 2012 @ 06:21 AM
reply to post by AugustusMasonicus
Well I can honestly say I've never uttered the words "I want to go to New Jersey" before.. but for beer(s), home cooked meal(s) and what would
surely be lively discussion who could pass that up? Likewise if you ever wanted to experience February in June and become so soggy you turn into a
prune, you're more than welcome to come to Portland.
I think it's fascinating.. from a Psychological perspective, to understand how "outsiders" view Masonry. Most on here seem to think we are some
kind of .. business association, or that when we meet we are dead serious. The only thing we are serious about is ritual. I spend more time with my
fellow Masons meeting on the weekends, going to the bar(s), weekend bar-b-q's and so on than I do seeing them in the lodge room. So if my buddy is a
mechanic and I know someone who needs a car fixed.. meh, I'll probably send them my buddy's way. Because he's a Mason? Nooo .. because I know
him, trust him, and want to help them both.
It's a fraternity
people, for those of us who take it seriously we take it to heart. And if we do something it comes from sincerity. It'd
be one thing for me to be "Hey, Brother Augustus I'm driving through New Jersey I expect a case of beer and a steak medium rare because I'm a
Mason" than for Augustus to offer because I've sorta known him for 5years... There's an etiquette to it, a familiarity, a friendship. It's not
institutionalized, awkward, or expected. It's really quite normal. Hope that clears up some for the non-Masons. It might be hard to accept the
general "normalness" of Masonry I know. I expected sacrifices, virgins and orgies. Instead I get bills, complaining about bills, and proposals for