Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Meaning what?

All month long, we Ruffian Brothers have been chatting back and forth and going over the 'Meaning of Masonry.' It's May. It's perfect for alliteration and makes you think.

Freemasonry means a lot of different things to different Brothers. One of our Myspace Brothers, Sanozuki, shared this with us:

Sanozuki Sent:

'It means to know what true love is,to overcome ignorance,to see beauty in nature,children and even the lost humans of our world. Masonry is a key and a door to the infinite.


Thanks Johnny. I like that. It seems as though Masonry is about Knowing, and Overcoming and Seeing. It's a Tool and a Gateway. And, ultimately, what lies within it and beyond it is the Absolute, the Infinite, God.

Perhaps Masonry can be summed up as Wisdom. That seems to fit as the first of our Brothers, King Solomon, was known as the 'Wisest Man on Earth.' If he had something to say, then maybe we should be listening.

I am often reminded by fellow Masons that in Freemasonry you get out of it what you put into it or that you are obliged to take as much or as little as you will.

Perhaps it is the fellowship we seek. Maybe it is the knowledge or history. Surely, there is wisdom to be had from old tomes and wizened old fellows. All of these things make Freemasonry as relevant today as it ever was. Times may change, but the heart of man and his windsome soul will ever seek a greater purpose.

The psychiatrist Victor Frankl, a survivor of the Nazi Concentration camps during WWII and the author of 'Man's Search for Meaning,' had these things to say about Life and Meaning:

“Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.”

“For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment.”

“Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how.'”

And finally,

"What is to give light must endure burning.”

We Masons have been 'Often tried, never denied...and we Are willing to be tried again.' We face the uncertain paths together, knowing there are Ruffians afoot. Life will challenge us. Freemasonry will instruct and remind us to be prepared.

Freemasonry is a mirror of life. The Lodge is the length and breadth of the World and the Greater and Lesser Lights are the Laws and Graces of Nature. And so, the Meaning of Masonry is much the same as the Meaning of Life.

Whatever that you.

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