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2nd Quarter Update

April

There was a Memorial Ceremony for Bro. Robert E. Ring, Past Master of MacArthur Lodge. His son and current Master of MacArthur, Ken gave the eulogy.

It was Bro. Augusto’s final meeting at Lodge Han Yang. He affiliated with the lodge a few years ago, and has now returned to the Grand Lodge of Cuba.

The District 10 Scottish Rite held their Palm Sunday observance.

Pusan Lodge held a Master Mason Degree for Bro. Joe.

Under the direction of a local charity group, Pusan Lodge also visited several retired and elderly citizens’ houses to provide required maintenance services for them.

Lodge Han Yang held an Entered Apprentice Degree for Bros. Remi, Georges, and Jacob.

Truman Lodge did a Mark Master Mason Degree for Bros. Nate and Jason.

The District 10 Shriners hosted one of their annual events on post.

The Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Washington held their annual Far East District Session in Okinawa, where District 10 was in full attendance.

May

Truman Lodge held a Fellow Craft degree for Bro. Gary.

Truman also held their annual Cinco de Mayo event.

Louis R. Solomon #112 and Lion of Judah #94 held a joint Master Mason degree.

The Seoul Bodies Scottish Rite held their spring reunion and conferral.

Lion of Judah hosted a Mother’s Day Brunch.

Truman Lodge held a Fellow Craft Degree for Bro. Jameson.

Lion of Judah also supported the Army Field Support Battalion’s Family Day.

Han Yang held their annual Mother’s Day BBQ

Han Yang held a Master Mason degree for Bro. Hoon, and also welcomed Bro. Simon Emilenelech, PM of Lodge Solomons Pillars #59, Eilet, Israel.

Pusan Lodge said farewell to Bro. Sam, and welcomed the Stark Brothers. Bro. Charles also returned to the lodge after 15 years.

June

Truman Lodge held a Master Mason Degree for Bros. Gary and Jameson.

Rose of Sharon Chapter held an acknowledgement and exaltation for Comps. Jason, Ben, and Ken.

Visiting Comp. Rob from the English Constitution also attended the meeting. Unfortunately he could not attend the Mark Affiliation and Excellent Master portions, since English Chapters do not work those degrees. But after taking a heling obligation not to reveal the passing of the veils, he was able to attend the Royal Arch degree.

Lodge Han Yang made their annual visit to Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery.

Seoul Shrine Club presented a scholarship check to SAHS graduate Juliann Patarini, winner of their essay competition.

The Widow’s Sons had a mini reunion at the lodge building in Pyeongtaek.

Guiding Light #95 held a Master Mason Degree for Bro. Doug and company.

The Seoul Bodies Scottish Rite held an education meeting.

Truman Lodge had a going away party for Bros. Harold and Ben.

Lion of Judah hosted a Father’s Day brunch.

Pusan Korea Lodge held an Entered Apprentice Degree.

And I also had a chance to present the traveling gavel to the Master of the lodge.

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3rd Quarter Update

July

Lodge Harry S. Truman held their annual Independence Day BBQ.

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Truman Lodge also presented plaques to The Duke of Tailors, Pak’s Mall, and The Clash for their constant support over the years.

Lodge Han Yang had a going away party for Bro. Lex.

Bro. Kevin met up with some of the Widow’s Sons in Ottawa.

Truman Lodge also held a Fellow Craft degree for Bros. Chris, Harold, and Jon.

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The Korean brethren of Lodge Han Yang got together for a family dinner.

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August

Lodge Harry S. Truman held a Master Mason degree for Bros. Ian and Jon.

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Lodges Han Yang and Truman held a joint Mark Master Mason degree.

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Rose of Sharon Chapter held an Acknowledgement and an Exaltation.

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Truman Lodge also held an Entered Apprentice degree for Bro. John.

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The Widow’s Sons rode over to the Harley Davidson shop and grabbed a bite to eat afterwards.

MacArthur Lodge held a going away party for Bro. Danny.

Truman lodge also held another initiation for Bros. David, John, and Gary.

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September

Lodge Pusan held their installation. Bro. Johan was installed as Right Worshipful Master.

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Rose of Sharon Chapter held their installation as well. I was installed as 1st Principal, Most Excellent Zerubbabel.

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Truman Lodge held their installation and for the second time, Bro. Chris was installed as Right Worshipful Master.

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Of course, Lodge Han Yang held their installation last. Bro. Kevin was installed as Right Worshipful Master.

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It’s also interesting to note that as a gift, Lodge Han Yang made a donation to the Korean Red Cross in the name of Bro. Martin, the Right Worshipful District Grand Master of the Far East.korrc

MacArthur Lodge held their Annual BBQ and Picnic.

Lodge Han Yang also held a Fellow Craft degree for Bro. Jay, while Bro. Greg visited from the Grand Lodge of Queensland.

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2nd Quarter Update

April

Elect Lady of the East Chapter sold funnel cakes at the CYSS Month of the Military Child Community Fun Fair on USAG Yongsan.

The Scottish Rite held their Spring Reunion and Conferral. Six new Masters of the Royal Secret received the degrees.

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Pusan Lodge held an Entered Apprentice degree for Bros. Hans and Simon.

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The Widow’s Sons went on a ride and hung out at the Caffe Bene in Songtan.

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Lodge Han Yang held a Fellow Craft degree for Bros. Valiant, Greg, Marc, and Mike.

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May

Lodge Harry S. Truman held a Cinco de Mayo event at the lodge building in Noyang-ri.

Lodge Han Yang held their annual Mother’s Day BBQ at MP Hill on Yongsan USAG.

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Lodge Harry S. Truman sold chili dogs at the One Heart Festival in Pyeongtaek.

The Widow’s Sons traveled to Japan and did a ride in Tokyo over the famous Shibuya Crossing

The Hon. George Stillwell presented some awards to the cadets at Seoul American High School.

Presenting the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Award to Cadet 1SG Maria Snodgrass, 25 May 2016 at Seoul American High School.

Presenting the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Award to Cadet 1SG Maria Snodgrass, 25 May 2016 at Seoul American High School.

Presenting the National Sojourners Award to Cadet Major Molly Rogelstad, 25 May 2016 at Seoul American High School.

Presenting the National Sojourners Award to Cadet Major Molly Rogelstad, 25 May 2016 at Seoul American High School.

Lodge Han Yang held a Master Mason Degree for Bros. Marc, Valiant, and Greg. Bro. Keith Innes also returned to visit the lodge; he is currently active in Australia.

Pusan Lodge held a Fellow Craft Degree for Bros. Hans and Simon.

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Lodge Han Yang had their annual Memorial Day Visit to the Foreign Cemetery in Seoul.

June

Elect Lady of the East Chapter had a farewell gathering for Sis. Von.

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The Scottish Rite met and Bros. Kevin, Carlos, and Eel Hee received their Master of the Royal Secret certificates.

Lodge Harry S. Truman held an Entered Apprentice Degree for Bro. Jon.

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Lodge Han Yang had a visiting EA from Warren Lodge #147, Grand Lodge of NY, F&AM, and also a visitor from Lodge Zur Kette no 430 in Munich under the United Grand Lodge of Germany. There was also a farewell for Almoner Bro. Kurt.

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Lodge Harry S. Truman also held a Fellow Craft Degree and farewell for Bro. Ricardo.

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Elect Lady of the East Chapter also had a farewell for their Worthy Matron, Sis. Dakia.

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II Corinthians Lodge held their District Session and St. John’s Day Observance.

Pusan Lodge held a Master Mason Degree for Bros. Hans and Simon.

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II Corinthians Lodge also held a Family Day Barbecue.

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1st Quarter Update

January

Lodge Harry S. Truman held a Fellow Craft degree for Bro. Ian.

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MacArthur Lodge held their annual installation of office bearers. Bro. Ben was installed as Worshipful Master.

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Pusan Lodge held an Entered Apprentice degree for Bro. Jacob.

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Lodge Han Yang held a Master Mason degree for Bros. Roy, Eel-Hee, and Sunghoon.

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Lodge Harry S. Truman also held a Master Mason degree which was followed by a Burns Supper.

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The Widow’s Sons participated in the Yongsan Road Dragon’s Annual Polar Bear Run.

The Seoul Shrine Club met on Yongsan Garrison and elected their new officers for the year.

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February

The Right Worshipful Master of Lodge Han Yang, along with a small deputation, visited II Corinthians Lodge #96, Prince Hall Affiliated, Washington and Jurisdiction.

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Lodge Han Yang also had an Entered Apprentice Degree for Bros. Marc, Mike, and Greg.

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Bro. Keith returned his Fellow Craft proficiency at MacArthur’s regular stated meeting.

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Truman Lodge held an Entered Apprentice Degree for Bro. Harold.

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Lodge Han Yang got together at Little Cuba to enjoy some cigars and rum.

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Lodge Han Yang also said farewell to Bro. Lex, who had supported the lodge for several years.

Along with the District Grand Master of the Far East and Bros. Derek and Julien, I attended the 2016 International Scottish Masonic Conference in Penang, Malaysia. The District Grand Lodge of the Middle East held their Centenary Re-dedication, and I had the pleasure of meeting Bro. Charles, the Grand Master Mason of Scotland.

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March

As a way to inform traveling brethren of our presence, Lodge Harry S. Truman erected a banner outside the main gate of Osan Air Base, at the entrance to the Shinjang Shopping Mall.

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The Right Worshipful Master of Han Yang played a very gracious host to Brethren visiting from the Grand Lodge of Japan.

Lodge Han Yang also did an Entered Apprentice Degree for Bros. Bertie and Valiant. Brethren especially enjoyed meeting visiting Bro. Darran from Danycoed Lodge #8127 EC, Caerphilly, Wales UK, who gave a very spirited and well done charge for the degree.

The Seoul Shrine Club made a contribution to the 2016 Seoul American High School Girls Athletic Sport Banquet.

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The Scottish Rite held their annual installation of officers.

Truman Lodge got a piano! The secretary is learning the songs to be used during ceremonies.

Truman Lodge also held a St. Paddy’s Day Party and Past Master’s Dinner.

Lodge Han Yang elected Bro. Sangmin as the new Worshipful Junior Warden.

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And finally, Pusan Lodge held a regular business meeting as well as a 1st degree practice which was supported by visiting brethren.

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September Update

On September 3rd, Lodge Harry S. Truman held an Entered Apprentice degree for Bros. Damone and Chris.

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On September 5th, Rose of Sharon Chapter held an Advancement, Acknowledgement, and Exhalation. We gained nine new companions and essentially doubled our membership. This is a big feat, especially considering the chapter was on its last legs for the past few years.

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On September 9th, Lodge Han Yang presented a plaque to Bro. Augusto for his continued support and allowing us to use his restaurant, Little Cuba for private events. He was also made an honorary member of Han Yang.

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On September 10th, Lodge Pusan had their installation of officer bearers. Bro. Ashley was installed as Right Worshipful Master.

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On September 11th, Rose of Sharon Chapter held their installation. Comp. Rich was installed as 1st Principal.

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Also on September 11th, Lodge Harry S. Truman held their installation. I was installed as Right Worshipful Master.

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On September 12th, Lodge Han Yang held their installation. Bro. Kevin was installed as Right Worshipful Master.

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Also on September 12th, Elect Lady of the East Chapter participated in a Community Fun Fair at USAG Yongsan.

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And on September 19th, MacArthur Lodge held their Annual Family Picnic.

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Truth & Honesty

Part 6 of a 16 part series regarding morals and conduct.

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It may be said that Truth is the Column of Wisdom, whose rays penetrate and enlighten the inmost recesses of our Lodge. (Mackey, 1878)

There is more to truth than just the idea of searching for it in the intellectual sense. Truth is taught to us from the very beginning of our Masonic life, used as a base in which other teachings are derived from. As Freemasons our character and actions must be truthful at all times. We have to be dependable and honorable, faithful and reliable; otherwise our brotherhood will not endure. Indeed, truth is a vital requirement in becoming a Freemason:

A divine attribute, and the foundation of every virtue. To be good and true, is the first lesson we are taught in Masonry. On this theme we contemplate, and by its dictates endeavor to regulate our conduct. Hence, while influenced by this principle, hypocrisy and deceit are unknown among us; sincerity and plain dealing distinguish us; and the heart and the tongue join in promoting each other’s welfare, and rejoicing in each other’s prosperity. (Sickels, 1868)

In several Volumes of Sacred Law we read that The Great Architect of the Universe represents truth, as all of His attributes are eternal and absolute. Therefore truth, being divine, is the foundation of “that temple not built with hands”, from where all other virtues are built upon.

As we go through Freemasonry we are taught that being true and seeking truth are good objectives, but to go even further we must be true to ourselves. In other words we should take the advice that is inscribed on the Tyler’s chair all throughout the world – “know thyself.” In better understanding ourselves we better understand our relation to the Deity, partly constituting “divine truth” – the other part being the nature of that Deity. As we are only human we cannot fully comprehend this divine truth until we “pass through the gateway of death and stand in the court of life”, but as Freemasons we are taught to search for that truth right up to the day we are raised to the celestial lodge above:

While we know that the search must be as fruitless as it must be endless, we find joy and usefulness in the effort, not in the results. Important to the Freemason is not the comprehension of the idea of the Absolute, but that he seeks it in his conception of the Most High. (Claudy, 1932)

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The basis of a stable lodge is truth and mutual respect of each other’s opinions. We can still disagree with each other, but instead of being confrontational we try to understand one another so we’ll be better enabled to work together. The one truth all Freemasons share is the belief in a Supreme Being, as we always open and close lodge meetings in His name.

When we are initiated we are assured that having trust in God will keep us from harm during any praiseworthy undertaking. We are also recommended to consider the Volume of the Sacred Law as the “unerring standard of truth and justice” and to regulate our actions by the “divine precepts it contains” with respect to our duties to God, our neighbors and to ourselves. In order to receive truth and wisdom from these divine precepts, we are taught to first purify our hearts “of every baneful and malignant passion”. We cannot “be true” unless we first “subdue our passions”; therefore every Master of a lodge must be true and also have an interest in truth seeking:

Truth, which is called a “Divine Attribute, the foundation of every virtue,” is synonymous with Sincerity, honesty of expression, and plain dealing. The higher idea of truth which pervades the whole Masonic system, and which is symbolized by the Word, is that which is properly expressed to a knowledge of God. (Mackey, 1878)

Not only do we look within ourselves for truth, but as Freemasons we also strive for truth in our dealings with others. We have high moral standards and try our best to uphold those principles in both our public and our private lives. Truth is the highest virtue of Freemasonry because it is considered divine and is where all other virtues stem from. To be true is to act with fidelity to the standard of these virtues. Instead of trying to fulfill our own goals, we should be sincere when dealing with others and stand for truthfulness. Men who are good and true, who have strength and integrity, are the ones who bring harmony.

This is one of the first lessons taught in Freemasonry. If someone can’t be considered good and true, he cannot be admitted into our order. In order to be a good citizen one has to be truthful, and without truth there is no foundation for trust and friendship. It has to start with truth:

In this sense Truth really is the foundation of every virtue. There is no justice without truth; there is no philanthropy without truth; there can be no self-sacrifice, no bravery, no rectitude – no virtue of any kind – without a foundation in that which is sincere and honest, as opposed to that which is lying and deceitful. (Claudy, 1932)

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There are times in and outwith the lodge when there are heated discussions among the brethren. The outcome must always be determined by the circumstances surrounding each individual case. We should never deliberately misrepresent the views from opposing sides, and condemn any and all who use half-truths and falsehoods, especially those who accuse others of bigotry and intolerance as a means of attack. Such actions cloud the issues and only serve to confuse everyone. As good and true men, we need the calmness to see and the honesty to say what an opposing brother’s opinions really are. This doesn’t mean exaggerating their opinions to discredit them, but at the same time we shouldn’t hold back any information that might support them.

When we have a civilized discussion, the only result can be “further light” as we get closer to truth. This can be applied not only in lodge, but anywhere. Schisms in lodge can be avoided by searching for “light” in a manner that is courteous and fair. As masons we are taught that “hypocrisy and deceit are unknown among us, sincerity and plain-dealing distinguish us, and with heart and tongue we join in promoting each other’s welfare and rejoice in each other‘s prosperity.” In a place where truth prevails, everyone will come together to offer their service and help each other. In order to accomplish this we must all be good and true men and assist those who would falter, as we are only improved by each individual’s success.

Truth creates harmony and falsehood creates discord. It’s our responsibility as Freemasons to practice being good and true among ourselves and in society as well. Men join the craft because they have a favorable opinion of our honorable institution, therefore we must lead by example in how we act towards others:

Truth is the foundation of all Masonic virtues; it is one of our grand principles; for to be good men and true, is a part of the first lesson we are taught; and at the commencement of our freedom we are exhorted to be fervent and zealous in the pursuit of truth and goodness. It is not sufficient that we walk in the light, unless we do so in the truth also. All hypocrisy and deceit must be banished from among us. Sincerity and plain dealing complete the harmony of a Lodge, and render us acceptable in the sight of Him unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid. There is a charm in truth, which draws and attracts the mind continually towards it. The more we discover, the more we desire; and the great reward is wisdom, virtue, and happiness. This is an edifice founded on a rock, which malice cannot shake or time destroy. (Sickels, 1868)

As Freemasons, we often refer to honest dealings as “acting upon the square”.

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The Square, as used in Freemasonry, is an instrument with two legs that intersect at a right angle. Though there is debate regarding the exact instrument envisioned in the early rituals, there is no doubt that the square was used to measure the accuracy of angles, to ensure that they were indeed right angles. As such, it is natural for the Square to be an emblem of accuracy, integrity, and rightness. As building materials are cut to fit the building in the proper dimensions, we must also build our character, which must be tested by a moral and ethical standard represented by the Square.

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The square has always been considered right and true. To Freemasons, it represents morality and ethical conduct that all our actions will stem from. A real Freemason is recognized not by the ring on his finger, but by how he acts towards others:

The real Freemason is distinguished from the rest of Mankind by the uniform unrestrained rectitude of his conduct. Other men are honest in fear of punishment which the law might inflect; they are religious in expectation of being rewarded, or in dread of the devil, in the next world. A Freemason would be just if there were no laws, human or divine except those written in his heart by the finger of his Creator. In every climate, under every system of religion, he is the same. He kneels before the Universal Throne of God in gratitude for the blessings he has received and humble solicitation for his future protection. He venerates the good men of all religions. He disturbs not the religion of others. He restrains his passions, because they cannot be indulged without injuring his neighbor or himself. He gives no offense, because he does not choose to be offended. He contracts no debts which he is certain he cannot discharge, because he is honest upon principle.

– The Farmer’s Almanac, 1823

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One of Freemasonry’s aims is to always search for “more light”. This is a never ending search, as the universality of the lodge has no confining walls. In this sense truth cannot be taught much the same way ritual and secrets are, it must be self-taught as the life-long search for divine truth is something very personal to each and every brother. It’s interpreted differently by everyone, always taking into consideration the teachings of the craft as they progress through life. When a new member is initiated, parts of the ritual seem strange to him. He is a “poor blind candidate” seeking light. In a Masonic lodge the East is a source of light and also represents the “origin of intellectual light” and the “symbol of spiritual light” as well. Each candidate must discover that light on his own, “stumbling over the stony ground” in front of him; to be in darkness is to be ignorant and unaware. Nothing exists within Freemasonry itself that gives an ultimate truth, however it does inspire individuals to search for knowledge on their own:

The search, then, after this truth, I suppose to constitute the end and design of Speculative Masonry. From the very commencement of his career, the aspirant is by significant symbols and expressive instructions directed to the acquisition of this divine truth; and the whole lesson, if not completed in its full extent, is at least well developed in the myths and legends of the Master’s degree. God and the soul–the unity of the one and the immortality of the other–are the great truths, the search for which is to constitute the constant occupation of every Mason, and which, when found, are to become the chief corner-stone, or the stone of foundation, of the spiritual temple–“the house not made with hands”–which he is engaged in erecting. (Mackey, 1882)

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As Freemasons we are taught to question things that those outwith the temple wouldn’t normally question. Those seeking truth have more influence in the world, applying what they learn to their jobs, their families, and how they evaluate things.

Someone must believe in truthfulness if they are to use intellect to promote morality. To say it but not to actually do it is dishonorable, and will cause you to question yourself and create discord in your mind – thereby rendering yourself unable to take part in the light that Freemasonry has to offer:

The aspirant enters on this search after truth, as an Entered Apprentice, in darkness, seeking for light–the light of wisdom, the light of truth, the light symbolized by the Word. For this important task, upon which he starts forth gropingly, falteringly, doubtingly, in want and in weakness, he is prepared by a purification of the heart, and is invested with a first substitute for the true Word, which, like the pillar that went before the Israelites in the wilderness, is to guide him onwards in his weary journey. He is directed to take, as a staff and scrip for his journey, all those virtues which expand the heart and dignify the soul. Secrecy, obedience, humility, trust in God, purity of conscience, economy of time, are all inculcated by impressive types and symbols, which connect the first degree with the period of youth. (Mackey, 1882)

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