Why did you become a Freemason?
Date: Sun, 20 May 2007 11:33:26 -0400
From: Jeffrey Blaisdell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Why I Joined Freemasonry
Why did I join?
I joined because the opportunity presented itself to me, out of the
blue, in a way I never saw coming. I was talking with someone (a
Brother, as it turned out,) about symbology and perspective in life,
prompted by a discussion about Rosslyn Chapel, when he asked if I was a
Travelling Man. My answer was rather absurd, taking him literally, to
which he leaned closer and asked, "Are you a Mason?" I answered No, but
that I had always been interested in them. I knew many great men had
been Masons, men of character and strength. He suggested I get
"Freemasons For Dummies" and consider seeking membership. I did, and
was initiated on April 19, 2007. My 2nd Degree is scheduled for the end
of this month, and I have requested that, if possible, I be elevated to
Master Mason on my 40th birthday in September.
I have been doing a lot of reading, on the web and off. I have come
to realize that, in my heart, I have always been a Mason. This quote in
particular says it all for me, from the 1823 Farmer's Almanac:
"A real Freemason is distinguished from the rest of Mankind by the
uniform unrestricted rectitude of his conduct. Other men are honest in
fear of punishment which the law might inflict; they are religious in
expectation of being rewarded, or in dread of the devil in the next
world. A Freemason would be just if there were no laws, human or divine
except those written in his heart by the finger of his Creator. In
every climate, under every system of religion, he is the same. He
kneels before the Universal Throne of God in gratitude for the blessing
he has received and humble solicitation for his future protection. He
venerates the good men of all religions. He gives no offense, because
he does not choose to be offended. He contracts no debts which he is
certain he cannot discharge, because he is honest upon principle."
That is me, plain and simple. I was a bit unsure of joining the
Masons, but felt something was calling me. The quote above tells me I
did the right thing. Simply put, I joined because I had to.
Jeffrey D. Blaisdell
Poughkeepsie Lodge F&AM 266
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