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What Are Freemasons

         Blake Gardiner (3)

Imt aissotnhse dmo?o”stScuormelymyoonuohfavqeuehsetiaornds,it“aWskheadt odno             OSobwvihoautsliys Fmreaesmonarsyonirsy?something different for
ymoourresetlhf.anAnodnethoeccaanssiwoner,, oifr hoanvee isevgeinvenaskaetdalilt,         meaecahniinngdleivsisdrueaslp, obnuste lrikateh, e“rThtheyantakae vgaogoudemaennd,
niseaarlmlyomsteaalnwinagyslesssompleatmituedane.inJgulsetssabsoouutndasboitfet,ena      manodremeankleigthhteemninbgetstteart,”emI’ednlti,kleikteo: suggest using a
tthhee prerospvoernbsieali“sdaeedroien-ethyeedhesatadrleighretsm”inloisocke.nt of         “They provide a process for personalized moral,
My personal pet peeve response is the nebulous,                                           ethical and spiritual self-awareness, according to
“Masons take good men, and make them better.”                                             the needs of each individual.”
aTchtuinakllyamboeaunt, hthoawt dfooryoau dmeifninuetea. gWoohdamt adno,ehsowit          Tophieniofonl,lowwhiantgfreIdemeaassoanrery wish, aatn,daits nleoats.t in my
mdoasyoonuryquaacntutiaflylyhmavaiknegmmeandaentyhtehmingb?etHteor?w Dgoooeds            Initiation is not a quick and temporary
bdoeeast tthheembeegminbneirnogr? pCroasnpescaitnivtes mbeemmbaedre hbaevtetetro?        ipnhecneormemenoonnie;s.it’sInaitipatrioocnessis, wnhoitcha ismpargeisceanl teodr
IIsf tahesraeinatnlyy vdaelmueeaonronreeisdntootmraekqiunigreads, awinhtebreetatenrd?    sacramental experience; it’s a process of personal,
how do you determine the relative goodliness of                                          psychological and spiritual learning. Masonic
the man, and how does the fraternity improve it?                                         initiation is not a way of salvation, nor is it religious
The F.B.I. “always gets its man.” The Marines are                                        or esoteric; it’s a process of clarification and as
“looking for a few good men.” What do those                                              such is compatible with any religious or esoteric
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faofuenwdgtohoedmmyeent?foAr raelothnegytilmooek, iwnghyfohravtehne’tstahmeye            aragdniocsatlicniishmil.isImt isornointtecropmreptaattiibolne owfiththae buenliiveefrsine
mcaetcnhymsalsoognasnswcaonntvetoy amnyakme obreettreera.l infDoromtahtoiosne            dasesppuitreethcheaaopspawrietnhtoudtisoorrddeerr,, tohrerteoisdaenCiaolsmthoast,.
than “Just Do It,” or “Stronger than Dirt?”                                              eTnhleigMhtaesnomneicnti,nbituiattoionne iosfnmotanthy.eTohnelryemareethoothdeorsf,
It is my opinion that the lodge is not a school,                                         even spontaneous life experiences causing an
it does not teach in the common sense of                                                 increase in the individual’s consciousness, a new
the word. Rather it should be thought of as a                                            and more responsible attitude to life, for example,
panrodcpeshsi;losaopphroiccaelsisntorof sppeecrtsioonnaal ndethdiicsaclo, vemryo.rIatl   apeasttehrnetiitcy,ecmoomtipoans,saiortnisftoicrctrheeatpioanin, tohfe eoxtpheerrisenthcee
psurepspeonrttssadgeveneleorpalmferanmt oefwaorpkerthsoant aelnsceolfu.raMgaessoannidc   oinfthdeeairthri,tuetacls. wThhiechMhaasvoenbiceeinnidtieavtieolonpisedporevseern3t0ed0
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teomtohteiiornpaalratincdulmarepnetraslosntaatleu. nderstanding, specific                sspubectlieficbaelamnocetioonfagl easntudrems eanntdalwsotradtes,ththatrocuagnhnoat
If done correctly the rituals of the lodge present                                       be altered arbitrarily.
ideas and suggest questions that empower the                                             The Masonic method does not impose ideological
members to find personal enlightenment, and                                              dogma to the practitioner, but gives only a general
cause the individual to discover and develop their                                       value framework that supports and demands
own moral and ethical being.                                                             pdoercstorinnaall ginrostwittuht.ioMn.asTohneryloidsgneodt oaestenaocht itnegacohr,
                                                                                         eitncoonulryagepsrepseernsotsnaildaewaaskeannindg.sMugagseosntsic, mcaeuthsoesd,
                                                                                         is based on the functionality of the builder’s

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