posted on Nov, 8 2004 @ 08:45 PM
Originally posted by amike555
Finally I would ask Theron, Bill and MasonicLight what their take on “One Day, All the Way” initiations. I have seen some discussions on other boards
where Theron was against it, and some others had gone through the “One Day, All the Way” and said that there was nothing wrong with it and they
learned all they needed to know after they were Master Masons.
You ask an interesting question, and one that we have debated for what seems
like eons. I am adamantly opposed to one day degrees. It is not a
matter of what you learn IN those degrees, or on those days. It is more a matter to me, of several things.
One of them is that the lecture speaks of going this way as all brothers and fellows have done before... well, if you do the degree in a day, you're
NOT. One element of masonry that ties us ALL together is the unique and common experience. Whether you are raised in the UK, Canada, Peru, Pakistan,
Iraq or America, EVERY mason shares that unique experience of kneeling at the altar and walking the same path.
Part of the rational of the degrees is to IMPRESS upon the novitiate certain wise and serious truths, and the method of impressing that upon them IS
the ritual. Now, sure, you leave the lodgeroom and continue your studies, but if you omit the traditional method of taking the degrees, you steal from
yourself the experience which, in a large part, MAKES a man a mason, though to be sure, a man is FIRST made a mason in his heart.
There are many more reasons, and I got up at Grand Communication this year to speak against it, and the Junior Past Grand Master credits ME with being
the proximate cause of the initiative's failure... I think he is too generious. Anyway, I oppose it.