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Montana Freemason                                              January 2018                                 Volume 94   Number 1

                    Seven Great Mistakes of Freemasonry

      1. Ritual Without Meaning                              6. Frugality without Discretion
      Too  many  times,  we  are  more  concerned  about     Frugality is not a tenet of Freemasonry, a cardinal
     performing the ritual perfectly without understanding   virtue, or a Landmark. It is acceptable for the lodge
     what  it  means.  Ritual  for  the  sake  of  tradition  is   to spend its funds on worthwhile activities that will
     worthless.  Ritual  for  the  sake  of  enlightenment  is   enhance the Masonic experience of its Brethren. Not
     valuable. An understanding of the ritual’s meaning is   everything should be done in the cheapest way, a habit
     far more important than just memorizing it.           to which we have become accustomed.
      2. Fellowship without Frivolity                        7. Leadership without Competence
      Whenever  Masons  decide  to  hold  a  function  for   A man does not deserve to be master of the lodge,
     fellowship,  a  discussion  typically  ensues  about  how   solely because he has spent a certain amount of years
     to make the function have the smallest impact on the   attending meetings or because he is next in line. We,
     lodge’s fi nances and the wallets of the members. This   on occasion, elect our leaders without any regard for
     results in paper plates, meager meals, boring and less   the skills that they possess in order to function in that
     well-attended events. To spend money wisely in order   capacity. We should only elect competent and qualifi ed
     to make fellowship a grand time is wise for the lodge   men to preside over us.
     that wants to be successful. Also, we do not have to be
     slaves to form, endlessly repeating the same toasts and
     replies – we should reward individuality and creativity
     in order to keep our meetings alive and fun!

      3. Quantity without Quality
      A  lodge  with  seven  great  men  that  believe  in
     the  Masonic  ideals  and  actively  strive  to  improve
     themselves—and therefore the lodge—is far better off
     than a lodge with one hundred men that show up to
     lodge just to be seen.
      4. Education without Philosophy
      Many times, we think of Masonic education as being
     a lesson on the local lodge’s history, a famous Mason,
     the history of the world wide fraternity, or how to do
     the  ritual  properly.  But  if  no  philosophy  is  covered
     in Masonic education, then little self-improvement is
     accomplished. Discussing Masonic lessons in terms of
     philosophy, ideas, and a man’s conduct is what truly
     transforms men into Masons. It is important to share &
     discuss topics that are foreign to a lodge’s membership,
     and it is sometimes even necessary to challenge our
     preconceived ideologies through Masonic education.

      5. Charity without Connection
      Big  charities  often  require  that  fund  raisers  be
     conducted and large checks written to the people that   The Educator magazine, February 26, 2016 By Norm McEvoy,
     actually perform the charity. This type of charity off ers   Victoria Columbia Lodge No 1 -Grand Lodge of BC & Yukon
     no self-improvement because it has no real connection
     to us or our life. If we extend our hands to our needed   Seven Greatest Mistakes of Freemasonry (author unknown)
     Brethren and devote our own skills and time to their
     problems,  then  we  are  engaging  in  true,  meaningful

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