Thursday, November 20, 2008

Here's to the brothers!


“We take good men, and make them better.”

This is the creed of modern Freemasonry. Do we really make them better? Does Freemasonry really have that much of an effect? Is it possible to go thru the degrees, be raised on a one day class, maybe even join a handful of appended bodies, and simply be a better man? Or is it just a stepping stone? A beginning to what is a lifetime of education.

Tonight I had the privilege to spend the evening with four of my brothers, two of whom being my fellow founding Ruffians. One was a guy I had only seen at lodge, and one I met only for the first time. We didn’t do anything wild and crazy, like most men our age might have done, left alone and unsupervised. We simply indulged in the pleasurable company of each others insane stories, and our plots to leave our marks on this world.

We take good men and make them better. This saying came to mind as I drove home and I found myself thinking about what had just happened. For one of the first times ever in my life, I was able to sit around, with just the guys, share my thoughts and opinions, and listen to theirs, without having to climb on some soap box, or get defensive and get all upset. We were able to talk about religion, politics, women, and cigars and we even had a chance to play some poker, without anyone getting upset, or rowdy.

Good men. When I looked around the table tonight, watching the faces of the guys, as they tried to bluff their way through the game, I came to a realization. These men that I was sharing my evening with, the men that I gladly call brother, they are good men, and it is through Freemasonry that I have had this chance to meet them. It is through Freemasonry that any of us have ever met. One was a teacher, one a real estate agent, one a bartender, one I don’t even know about, and myself being in IT support. Where would you ever see such a combination? It is under the flag of Freemasonry, that you see men from all walks of life, come together, and unite for both brotherhood and fellowship.

WE make them better. Who are “we”? We are the fellow brothers that interact and befriend the newly made brother. We are the brothers that are there for you when you are alone in the darkness and need help being brought to Light. We are the brothers that help, aid, and assist you in becoming a better man. We are the brothers, that when you are walking down a wrong path, or are living a destructive life, are there to be a shoulder to lean on, even sometimes a crutch. It is the fellow brothers that are the ones that are making us better men. Freemasonry is a place where men who are good can come and associate themselves with other good men, and through this social intercourse become better.

Tonight as we left and said our goodnights, we all took the time to shake each others hand, and also, greet each other with a brotherly hug. Not because we are all mushy inside, but we all recognize that the time that we just spent together, was not just fun and games. We recognized that the time we just spent together was not just another night on the town. We recognized that what we had just done, was not only strengthen our bonds between each other, we had just also added something very important to each other’s lives. That was the gift of brotherhood. We had just participated in an age old event, which brought us all closer together, not just as Freemasons, but also as brothers. I have no doubt in my mind, that if I ever needed anything, I could call on one of these four guys, one of these better men, and they would be there.

Do we take good men, and make them better? Yes we do!

So here’s to you guys. All the Brother past and present, and especially to my brother Ruffians, I thank you, and I love you. ( as much as a brother can love a brother )


Freestyle said...

That was certainly the way the Old Lodge worked. Somehow our small cabal wound up in an underground poker game.

Anyone who doubts my virtue should be reminded of just how woeful a poker player I am. But thanks to the generosity of my brothers I managed to keep being dealt back in!

That is fellowship indeed!

It's always good times with my brother Masons. And that brother Ben is definitely gonna make this 'Good Man' a better Poker Player.

I hope. Have Faith...and Thank Charity again for my Masonic/Ruffian Bailout.

CAIN said...

Thats sounds like our Lodge.
all topics are discussed, and all brothers are respected and loved no matter where the conversation may turn!

Free Speech
Free Association
Free Thought
should be what we are prepared to defend and exemplify within the Masonic Fraternity.

Justa Mason said...

After one evening in Lodge, featuring a disagreement over something petty, one WM I know wryly suggested "We take good men and turn them into old ladies."


Freestyle said...


That's funny.

Well, a lodge is truly defined by the guys that make it up.

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