Why did you become a Freemason?
From: "Lance Rommerdahl, PM" <email@example.com>
Subject: Why I bacame a Mason
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2006 16:51:48 +0000
My grandfather was a Mason. My father was a Freemason. Most of my
uncles are Masons. My father's friends, his sphere of influence, his
allies were Masons. Observing my father's circles while growing up, I
naively thought that most people were honest, trustworthy and good. As
a flower child of the '60s, I rejected a lot of my father's generations
ideas, mores, actions and institutions.
Then I was drafted into the US Army. Served with the Combat
Engineers in Viet Nam. I then observed something in mankind under less
than idealic conditions. Not all men are honest, trustworthy and good.
I further noticed that the ones who were, more often than not, wore the
Square and Compass. A lesson I took to heart.
After I was discharged, I asked my father if I could become a Mason
and join his lodge. I still remember the beaming pride and joy he
showed. The Investigating Committee of Past Masters was at my
Christening when I was a baby and knew me all my life. I was installed
as the Jr Steward the night I was raised. My father was District Deputy
Grand Master, the year I was Master of our Mother Lodge.
I still reject a lot of my father's generation's ideas, mores,
actions and institutions as do a lot my Lodge brothers of my generation.
But through the Craft, I learned that my father and I shared similar
universal ideals and hopes.
Lance Rommerdahl, PM
"Level, Plumb & Square"
P.S.: And my son is a Freemason
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