A Freemason is only as good as his word. His reputation is based on the fact that the “metaphorical handshake” is his bond. It is not a “maybe”, to be considered only if he has time. If he commits to a course of action, it must be fulfilled if he is to remain credible.
Trust is something precious that is earned and my friend had done just that. Would he willingly expose me to danger? I trusted him, overcame my concerns and experienced a whole new world that opened up to me. The Lodge was full, the ambiance electrifying and, as many of us have experienced, a number of friends and acquaintances, unknown to me as Brethren, were there to greet me.
The bigger picture has to be that the Lodge should be filled with Brotherly Love; with no conflict and nothing to make one feel unhappy. Remember, to most, it is a place of refuge from the trials and tribulations of everyday life.
The practice of Brotherly love is one of the major attributes that separates Freemasonry from so many other civil and social organisations. If we merely pay lip service to it, we are no different to anybody else. Brethren; we are special; we are very special. We need to remember this at all times and make sure that we continue to value and practice those distinguishing characteristics that make us so special.
During life, we will undertake many physical journeys. These will be defined by a known destination. A beginning in the now and a known end point. Can you buy a ticket when you cannot specify the physical destination? An expedition however needs only a purpose or an intention. An expedition is a journey into the unknown.
What is Freemasonry?
The below video, as well as the sound clip, which was taken from a recent radio interview with the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of South Africa, Most Worshipful Brother Dave Duncan, aims to dispell some of the misconceptions and myths surrounding Freemasonry.
The sound clip from a recent interview on Jakaranda FM, based in Johannesburg.
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