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Penny wise, pound foolish

October 31, 2010

Dear concerned brother imploring others to remain on premises for the second section of a degree,

Felon-free Masonry feels your pain, buddy. 

Per the lodge of which you speak, the time of not knowing the players from the coaches without a program came and went with the infiltration of a thrice convicted felon cum cowan.  His taint legacy is that of  leaders lacking the time, talent, and mentality integral to teamwork.  

As the time to electioneer cast out louts draws nye, the problem of bailing brothers perplexes.  Why do they leave; could it be personal?  Perhaps for some narcissists it is, what with attention not always focused upon them. 

The concerned brother presents valid points:

  • The entire, whole degree is important; beginning, middle, and end. 
  • What message is imparted to newly minted Masons who look to the sidelines for inspiration but are met instead with empty seats?
  • What (if any) leadership model is presented when alas, no leaders are present?

Being a Mason is not unlike parenthood; selfish behavior must be relinquished when the commitment is made.

  • The Masonic body is a fraternity and brotherhood.  These names denote groups, not singularity.  
  • Degrees are known as Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason; not the Worshipful Master Show, Prissy Parading Peacock, or He of the Secret Roll Book of Attendance.
  • Rituals and traditions, like diaper changing methods, have been in place, studied, and used for centuries because they work
  • Anyone wondering “what have I/he/we got to gain from this” belongs outside to reap what he’s sown on other grounds. 
  • Properly educated Masonic leaders do not govern with “do as I say, not as I do” mindsets.
  • Those staying home because degrees are “boring” or “too long” are precisely where they need to be.

Fear not, concerned brother, you see the light; do not lose hope as electioneering change doth approach.  Let the worm leave with the bad apple.  Infuse your lodge with new blood; erase the blight of felon Foster’s illict ilk and restore the true bonds of brotherhood. 

And as with parenting:

  • Occasional hand holding and repitition of the rules reminds us of the difference between right and wrong.
  • Change the baby, dump the poop; it’s that simple. 

Thanks for voicing your concerns, brother.  Happy Halloween and don’t bob for more bad apples, buddy.

Humbly awaiting the witching hour,

Felon-free Masonry

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