·The Essence of Brotherhood
·2 Transitions: time/place and generationally
·Period of significant transition
·A Mason first, then a ____.
·Being in position, under the right circumstance(s), and at a certain/right time.
·One, sometimes a few, on the same Mason team, leading the way.
·Stand up and for (H/C)
·It’s an Adventure of lifetimes
· You have to go to Church to get that
·Where did Masonry come from, and why?
·The Age of the Men
·It’s About tHe People
·The Continual Struggle Between TheLight & The darkness. & WHY. (A Period of Major and Significant Transition.
·Belief In, Loyalty 2 The Mission
·Men Who Are Not Afraid – (and some who are tasked with the Responsibility Not to be.
·Good to Go
·Its Tools of Connection. And The Foundation.
·You Can Only Live The Life You Know. So Know The Best Life You Can Live.
·Position in the East, Direction from Above
·The Flag of our Country
Scene 1 - THE FLAG
Our flag: when you/we look at it, what do you/we see? What do you feel?
We see the colors: red, white, and blue. The stars; representing the states, the stripes; representing the colonies. If on a pole, we see the eagle on top. If hanging, we notice how it is draped.
Because, visually, our flag is magnificent. The geometric patterns, the blending of colors, the way it flows. Beautiful. And what it stands for is easy enough to recite. Whether 12 years old, or 92 years old, “Liberty,” “Freedom,” “Justice,” are all acceptable and common descriptions. Military personnel, and their families, will feel the fight when they see it. Others will think of BBQ’s and fireworks.
But how you/we see the flag can only be described by how it makes us feel. What emotion, if any, is invoked? What is the first thing we associate with it? What does it really mean to us/you? Is it more than just colors on a cloth? Why is it we so often pledge our allegiance to it, and does that carry any weight any longer? What does being, “A Patriot” mean in today?
“To the Republic for which it stands…” Thus, the flag stands for “We, the People.” Right? Because our Flag has gone through a lot since its creation. It has been defended and it has traveled throughout the world. And only because in the shared Belief in what it represents have we been allowed to be successful (at least through WW2).
But it seems that we always have been so protective of it internationally. Meaning, we stand by its strength compared/to other countries around the world. But how about internally? When do we stand up for the principle of, “One Nation, Under God, indivisible…?” How is that pledge/oath/obligation honored when today not only does division exist, but it is overtly encouraged by those in the highest positions of leadership? How have we become a country that uses the flag to drape itself in political ideology on both sides?
Masons have always been there for the flag in this country’s history. Currently, the flag is in distress…are the Masons relevant enough, and strong enough, to do anything about it? Do the Masons still possess the understanding and know-how to fight/demonstrate for the harmonic nature of man, under an umbrella of G-d? Because if not, what realistically does the future hold?
If not the Masons, then…
Masonry, it would appear, has existed for however long periods of time of significant transition have occurred. History demonstrates that certain individuals, often Masons, have seemingly been positioned, or find themselves in position, to lead armies, countries, even the world, in the direction we all need to travel in during certain periods of time. In this country’s history, more often than not, it has been a Mason(s) who has led us to during those periods of time. Especially during times of war, on a global scale, it has been the Masons who have led the forces for Good to Victory. But how can that be? How can several men, over hundreds (or thousands) of years, each one in a position of leadership at a specific period in time of significant transition, have all been Masons? And how far back does it go? Each time, with a Mason in the Necessary Position? And each time, we were victorious? How has this come to be?
What is Masonry? Where did it come from? What are its connections to us and others? How can History be so influenced by these men, and does that still apply today? Or tomorrow? Or in our lifetimes? In order to understand, both Masons and Masonry, it is necessary to understand what it once was and where it is said to have come from.
“Freemasonry” is often defined as the world’s oldest and largest fraternity. When someone enters a Masonic Lodge, to begin his journey through this ancient and progressive moral craft, he is eventually told that it began sometime between the 16th and 17th centuries in Europe.
It is explained to him that Masonry evolved from theStonemasons, who built many of the magnificent stone buildings which still stand today. These stone buildings include some of the grandest churches and cathedrals ever erected throughout the European continent. These builders were the only men of that time with the permission and freedom to travel throughout Europe to the various construction sites. Some traveled alone, others in groups, but each time they brought with them their necessary tools. The tools of a Stonemason. Otherwise, only those affiliated with the Crown, the Church, or the military had any kind of right of access through land that did not belong to them. Thus, it is known that these men were, “travelling men,” or, “travelers.”
Again, these men had the tools to build and achieve the structures going up throughout the lands, and they knew how to use them. The theme of “Travelling” permeates Masonry, from within the Lodge room itself, to whatever country in the world that has a Masonic Lodge. Thus, Masons are rooted in History as the “Travelers.”
Given the Nature of the task at hand, constructing structures/monuments to G-d/God, Harmony at the worksite would be essential. However, as with any Union, a system needed to be in place at the various worksites across several countries. Dozens, and perhaps hundreds, of men were necessary to build the elaborate plans and designs from the Architects, and it is likely that every language on the continent was spoken and represented. Furthering the difficulty was that these men would live and work side-by-side for months at a time, and, given the task at hand, Harmony was a must. After all, how could a structure to God be achieved if there was not Harmony amongst those tasked with the responsibility of creating it? And who would/could oversee such an operation? At every site? In so many countries? With so many men?
In order to achieve this ‘Harmony,’ the Stonemasons became a fraternity of sorts. Handshakes, quizzes, passwords, etc. were initiated so that workers (especially those new to the work site) could be identified, recognized, and included fairly amongst their fellow Brother stone-cutters. For example, a young man new to the craft of Stone-cutting would be an, “Entered Apprentice,” and receive the appropriate wage, an individual with some experience was a, “Fellowcraft,” and the experienced Stonemason was a, “Master Mason.” Today, these are the three stages a man goes through in a Masonic Lodge.
Over time, with less construction going on, the stone masons guild opened to other men, outsiders, who transformed the secret modes of recognition of the stone masons from operative or actual physical masonry to speculative or contemplative Masonry. From Stonemasonry to Freemasonry, Masonry went mainstream. But the two principle elements demonstrated by the stonemasons were not only kept intact, but became (if they weren’t already) the cornerstone of “Freemasonry:” the Brotherhood and the Goal, and often Achievement, of Harmony.
Much of the symbolism and many of the instruments made use of by speculative masons as were employed by or connected to them, such as the ruler, plumb, square, trowel, and other operative working tools, are now taught to be made use of for more contemplative purposes by speculative masons such as measuring one’s time, acting in accordance with the moral lessons Freemasonry teaches, and living by virtue in daily life.
Throughout the ages, Masonry has seen itself ebb and flow, like the seasons of nature. It has surged in membership and has declined over the years. In fact, today, less than 1% of eligible men in the United States are Masons. This compares to the approximate 10% in the late 1950’s. Factoring in the age of the average Mason today, the fraternity is in trouble from a membership numbers perspective. And with such low numbers, and an increasingly aging membership, the Spirit of Masonry very much lacks the energy it once enjoyed.
But such is the case in today’s day where the world finds itself asking the question: Who Are We? Not in terms of skin, blood, and bones, per se, but rather what do we stand for, who do we look to for guidance, and (how) can things be improved?
Over the centuries, the stages of life within the world have also seen a rise and fall in morality and the willingness to take-action.
Energy and connection(s) impact the planet as much as it does a Masonic Lodge. Isolation has often provided short-term security. And World Wars have brought everyone to the brink of annihilation. But isolating oneself, or blowing each other up, is not conducive to harmony. It does not solve the problem.
It is said in Masonry that Harmony is the strength and support of all societies. This is especially true of the Stonemasons guilds, from where Freemasonry was erected. They did in fact represent a union of brotherhood who took care for one another.
The Harmony of this system was an appealing aspect to non-stonemasons who wished to draw from these ethical superstructures to evoke positive change into the world. During this period in time of significant transition, these were the younger men of Europe.
Soon after the Stonemasons evolved into the Freemasons, a significant period of transition began in England and France. This period in time is now known as, “The Age of Enlightenment.” This period in time, was primarily the breakthrough against the Roman Catholic Church’s centuries-long fierce oppression against everything and anyone who did not obediently follow the edicts of their Clergy. It was a period of time where many young men wanted more in and out of life, and found one another in body, mind, and spirit.
However, for the free-thinkers, there was more to life. But to the young man, the Lodge was like a library, or a museum. To the young men of this time of significant transition, the Masonic Lodge, and its Brethren, seemingly represented the achievement of what was being realized as possible through art and music and literature in the great cities of the day. And just by their being there, in Lodge, seemed to make the men stronger as an individual. Reason and thought, benevolent in nature, and growing in numbers.
With the surge of Masonry in the early-mid 1700’s, the United Grand Lodge of England was formed. The first governing body for Masonry was formed. While this was not easy to achieve, and opposed by the French, most regions of Masonry followed suit to unite the strength of the Fraternal Order for the higher purpose it was attempting to achieve. This governing hierarchy continues to exist today within the fraternity. And, today, there still exists some dissention in France. But, here, in the United States, it is different (as we have always been.) Here, each state is governed by its own grand lodge. California has its Grand Lodge, Colorado has theirs, Arizona, etc. This is, however, where some Masons find friction and discourse within the fraternity. For some Masons, it seems that a lot of what transpires in Lodge is about the Officers. That the status of the Lodge takes priority over the status of Masonry in general, or the strength of the Brothers themselves.
But the goal for a young Mason has never been, and cannot be, to just become an Officer in the Lodge. It is very important for a Lodge, and Masonry in General, to take the roles of the officers very seriously.
However, the ultimate goal is for the men who join to better themselves. They do this by practicing the moral lessons they are taught in the lodge; to be charitable, to participate in their communities, to continue to educate themselves, and to teach others the way of the craft by being a living example. In addition, much of the knowledge to be learned in Masonry is not spoken directly to a man. Just because someone joins, or is in The Line, does not mean that he is exposed to all that there is to offer. In fact, so much of his time will be spent practicing, and memorizing, that he may not have the time left to research, and read, and connect the dots. That being said, the Officer will know all the rules and procedures and formalities. Also, and very important to mention, he will be very involved in every young man’s initiation into the ancient and progressive fraternity. More so than those not in the Line. Which is special.
Today, many Masons, especially those of an older age, believe that only formality prevails. This is why so many are asking the question, “how can Masonry reinstitute its founding principles, and the Virtues of the craft, back into the world?” Can the “Spirit” of Revolutionary thought and Progressiveness, seemingly dormant for a Generation or so, re-emerge and shed some light during a time of what appears to be great imbalance (Ocean)? This is especially troublesome here in the United States, where imbalance is so severe, at the time of this recording, the entire Government remains shut down. Things are not working as they were designed to. And if such imbalance occurs here in the United States, where democracy, and equality, and tolerance, and opportunity, for all, was born, then an entire new period of significant transition is upon us. Which it appears to be. And it certainly does not appear to be a positive one thus far.
Because it was here, with Masons practicing their Masonry, that the world changed. Not because of the “Rituals,” but because of the Spirit of conviction in and for a Higher Purpose. However, if it happened here once, it can happen here again. It needs to. Or Else.
So how did a Fraternal Order go from stonemasons, to young intellectual men in Europe, to the founding of our country, to over 4 million strong by 1960? Because of the military. Masonry would not exist without the military, and the military would not exist (nor would we) without the Masons.
The primary reason Masonry expanded throughout the United States was due to the military. The connection between the Military and the Masons is like the Automobile Industry & America. One has been built around the other. The first to experience Masonry, generally- speaking, on United States soil, were Soldiers. At least in the large-numbers- sense. In the mid-1700’s our land was owned by the Europeans, English and French, and conflict arose over boundary disputes. The French consistently are found in conflict, but seldom victorious. Why is that? Anyway, Native-Americans already living here were recruited to fight on both sides (unfairly). Particularly by the British. Thus, the name: French-Indian War. The Young Colonialists, loyal to the side of their Country, fought alongside. And these young Colonialists, again around 1750, were our First Soldiers. However, some of these European military officers, on both sides, from around the world presented Masonry to the young men. The soldiers could not have helped but notice the circumstance(s) by which a General such as George Washington and a 20-year-old enlisted troop could be sitting side-by-side as Absolute Equals. Particularly in and on a Battlefield. Such inclusion. Such A “Brotherhood” was desirable to a young man.
This early exposure to “Masonry,” through these military leaders and their connection with many of the young soldiers of the Colonies (and even some Native-Americans) under their Command, would present a path for what would ultimately blossom into our United States military’s leadership for the next several hundred years.
In addition to the young American soldier’s exposure to the European (including Scotland and Ireland), and some American, Officers on the battlefield, other men of Masonry lived in the towns of Colonia America. Though before the next Generation organized, and Revolution occurred, these men demonstrated the virtues and appeal of Masonry. And the only way this was possible for them to do so, during times of Salem, and swift and severe justice, was the unequivocal recognition of these mens’ Faith. These early Masons were not as much Revolutionaries as they were humanitarians, and humble servants to the Grand Architect above. This was their Duty. And the townspeople of early America recognized and appreciated the knowledge they had because of that willingness to serve; them, and All of the Above.
There seemed to exist a common connection, and it was Apparent: They had a firm “Belief in the Brotherhood of Man,” under the all- seeing eye of God. And best of all, it was open to any interested soldier (if they received the call). And Only if they Believed. It’s the only way Masonry would make sense anyway.
This period of time, where the young colonies of America were getting their feet underneath them, and Masonry had been brought over the Ocean, to build upon what was already here, paved the way for what would occur just a couple of decades later. In fact, many of them who would later play major roles, were alive, and involved in these early day wars. For soon thereafter, the climax would be reached (itself expanding a Generation) of one of the most significant periods in time of significant transition the world has seen. And it occurred here, in our/the United States of America.
The Spirit necessary, not just in the individual man, but felt through and among the collective whole, is justifiably represented through a man by the name of, Paul Revere. Not the warrior that George Washington was, nor the intellectual equal of Benjamin Franklin, Revere possessed a bit of both, and fierce loyalty to his country. He understood, that though dangerous, the need to align himself with the Cause, with a mind towards the establishment of a Republic. He was aware that it was a significant period in time, which had arisen before in the Past, and was his solemn obligation, with Duty felt, to be involved in the Mission. “One if by land, two if by sea.” Brother Paul Revere was a Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, from December 12, 1794 to December 27, 1797.
There is no doubt that many of the common folk, just trying to survive in Colonial America, were none-to- eager to risk everything they had in an effort to fight back against the British.
But over time (and talking about just a few several years, less than a Quarter of a Generation), they could not have helped but notice the Spirit in which these few, but fiercely loyal to country and one another, men were taking up the Cause. These men who were willing to risk their lives for something they believed in. A Belief in Freedom.
And these men, whether warriors or intellectuals, or somewhere in- between like Revere, were part of a Fraternal Order known as, the Masons. Beginning with the First Continental Congress, and all the way through the Third Constitutional Convention, there was a Man who Guided this Country, and the men of power and influence throughout the Colonies, and led them to achieve the greatest document ever written. He was the man, in the right position, under the right circumstances, at the right period of time to lead.
He had the necessary compass, and knew what to do. His name was Peyton Randolph. And he was the Grand Master of all of the Lodges in the State of Virginia. Thus, every meeting that took place concerning the Constitution; the first time, the second time, and the third time, he presided over. And what made it work, what he knew that almost all the others did not, was how to run the room. Not like a Parliamentary session, or a king of court, but rather, as he knew.
What had worked elsewhere to achieve Harmony and reach for a greater good. He ran it like a Masonic Lodge. Where each and every man in the room was on the level or beset as equals, regardless of their rank or accomplishments of the outside world. As too would be the people of the soon to be newly formed United States of America.
Peyton would not be the last Virginian, or Grand Master, to lead us to our Constitution. The other Brother Mason who was in position during this time of incredible and significant transition was Benjamin Franklin, whose presence in Europe, Particularly France), Would Garner the Necessary support to Fund, The Cause.
And He Achieved His Mission by Visiting in the Taverns and the Lodges. As Was Being Done By Masons Back Home. Hence, the Connectivity of Masonic Lodges. Wherever so dispersed around The World. As Benjamin Franklin said before the fight, “We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately,” so too would he have agreed that these states of the Colonies must find a way to hang together, or they will fall individually. In fact, he did so believe, which is why 10 years later, he was present when our Constitution was finally born. He had to be there.
Was the only way it/we could “Pass.” Even if it Meant, which it did, Carrying him to the statehouse Each and Every Day. For Months. He, along with another’s presence, embodied the necessary reminder of Spirit that the whole achievement was for and about.
But Masons Were Here throughout. This time period, from the Boston Tea Party in 1773 till the Constitution Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, was (along with the Enlightenment, but subjectively even more so), the most significant period of transition that the world had seen in a long long time.
And it is entirely within the span of Half a Generation. Always a Mason in Place It seems.
This country, through its Constitution of laws and reason, and Faith in Spirit, was the “Foundation” of a new Order. An Order based on equality, and tolerance, and opportunity, and Freedom. All of which encompassed principles and virtues that had already been known to some of the men. Knowledge that had been handed down from those that came before. From those that knew the way. All of the wording used had been seen before. By some. By those Who Attended Lodge. But What made this period of transition possible was that the Masons present and involved knew the time had come, given the circumstances and proper people in proper position, to share this knowledge. And they did. They introduced what they had been taught, and learned, individually and collectively.
The difference being this time it would not be in code and in a cipher. Perhaps it is best surmised by Freemason John Dickinson, who said, “Let our government be like that of the solar system. Let the general government be like the sun and the states the planets, repelled yet attracted, and the whole moving regularly and harmoniously in several orbits.”
Over the following years, Masonry continued to have a long-lasting effect through both World Wars and into our present day. Today, some Masons feel that the fraternity is nowhere near, as strong and relevant as it was before. The important issue, right now, however, is not that many do not fully understand what Freemasonry really is, but rather how they can continue to progress and grow from the principles confounded within its original ideals.
MARCUS MARCUS MUSANTE MUSANTE (V.O.) (V.O.) (CONT'D) (CONT'D)
It is often depicted that Masonry is based in the Lodge, and thus it is there which the knowledge flows from. And this seems to be one of the biggest issues facing Freemasons today. It is the access to this information, knowledge, and lack thereof, because of the older and conservative men in the higher positions, who seem to have the majority of influence. In some ways, the Freemason Lodge is different, obviously, than when Brother George Washington attended. Lodges were lit by candlelight and were more than likely colder inside than today’s lodge due to the absence of electricity.
Perhaps it is wishful thinking, but maybe there was more of an understanding of what being on the level or being equal in the lodge back then actually meant, than how some Masons experience that today.
Now, there seems to be a staleness that has clouded the atmosphere of some lodges. Many have not been updated or adorned physically in years.
There are two exceptions. Two men rather, who have the most influence over the young man. The Worshipful Master of the Lodge for that year, which is like the Captain of a Ship, and another Brother, who is known simply as the “Candidate Coach.” This Brother spends more time with the young initiate, as he is raised and goes through the process of Masonry, than any other being. The literal role of the Coach position is to tutor the young man in memorizing what transpired in the Lodge room. So, what would the other side say? They, the older Brethren, would say, “Who cares?
There hasn’t been another World War, so what’s the Big Deal if the numbers aren’t as strong as they once were? What’s the Big Deal? The Big Deal is that it/this has now Become Internal. The “Crisis” is not far away, in some foreign country, under falling bombs and bullets. This time, in this period of time, under the circumstances we presently find ourselves in, the central Mission of Masonry is to be found here in the USA. For if Freemasonry truly reached its full potential; in Boston, and in Virginia, and in Pennsylvania, and Later in Missouri, and Elsewhere, then Where else would it return to at a period of time of significant transition? And rather than start an armed conflict, thereby putting at risk the very caliber of young man Masonry is founded on, there must be another way. And there is. But it’s not in/by/through the Modern- Conservative approach. It goes back further. To when it all really began.
And as extreme as some of the stories seem to be, there is a constant theme throughout. And that is, whatever circumstance was transpiring at the time, whether a flood, or a drought, or war, there was always an individual in position who appeared to know what to do, or in which direction to at least travel in.
He had some knowledge, from somewhere, that served as a guide. Even under the most extreme of circumstances. How can Masonry evolve if so many of the Older Generation Spent all their time in Ritual and Meetings and Dinners? The answer is the same here as is anywhere and elsewhere.
It is up to the Youth.
MARCUS MARCUS MUSANTE MUSANTE (V.O.) (V.O.) (CONT'D) (CONT'D)
It is up to the same age of man that was present in the 1700’s at the Green Dragon Tavern, that was on the ship in Boston and threw the tea in the harbor, the same age of man who yearned to express his creativity and mind in England and France, the same age of man who returned home a victorious hero in the early and mid 1940’s. Men to develop a plan, raise support, and Fight for a Belief/Cause. There needs to be Options for the Young Man. There needs to be opportunity for him to maximize his time in Lodge, and utilize the resources available to him. For example, if a young sailor is about to initiated in the Fraternal Order, and we have in Lodge a World War II Veteran, they must connect. (Worshipful Brother Ted Jarrard – Interview, Guam, 1945)
And the Baby Boomer Generation, at least in Lodge, but really also outside of Lodge as well, has failed to really learn how to connect with those outside of their Generation. The Baby Boomers have been too busy focused on making money, and running the business, to spend time with the Generations behind them. The young man who is 27 years old today, born in 1991, has a different perspective than a 60-65-year-old Brother.
How could he not? It has nothing to do with this person or that person, per se. It has to do with the Issue(s) of the day. Just like in 1752/3, 1775, 1812, 1914, and 1940, the color of a man’s ballot was not the most important part about him. It was not the single-most important perspective to have. It was not what connected one neighbor to the other. We have become blinded to color. Too many have narrowed and limited their interpretations and connections with the colors they recognize.
MARCUS MARCUS MUSANTE MUSANTE (V.O.) (V.O.) (CONT'D) (CONT'D)
And it needs to be that 27-year-old young man, with a newer lease on life, particularly who has walked through our Masonic doors, to develop the necessary tools to be able to see better. And recognize colors in their true form. Because if and when that times comes, where darkness threatens to consume light, there will be the necessary Vision in place to see, and help others see as well. As in the beginning and as in the end, Let There Be Light.
Prior to Blue Lodge, for those under the age of 18, there is a junior fraternity of sorts named after Jacques de Molay, the 23rd and last Grand Master of the Knights Templar from 4/20/1298 till 1312, when the Pope, Clement V, “dissolved them.” This opened the door for King IV of France, again France, to murder them all (or as many as he could find). This is now known as Friday the 13th. Again, the Roman Catholic Church dissolved, via the Pope, and then a King of France decided to just go murder a whole bunch of people. Jacques de Molay was tortured into a confession. When he recanted, the King had him burned alive on a scaffold in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in March, 1314. Again, France.
But, in Lodge, for the very young men, it is about learning and self-realization, and gaining tools necessary to always be improving oneself, as we continue to walk the way of becoming the best versions of ourselves as we can. And the brightest.
Still, Jacques de Molay is still recognized and respectfully honored by Masons, and a tribute can be found in many a Masonic Lodge.
The knowledge shared in Lodge, mostly from the library, is that there was once a man by the name of Lamech who had 4 children: and each one of these children founded the 4 crafts of the world: Geometry, Music, the Smith’s craft, and Weaving. Their ability to generate these 4 crafts, it was understood, was because of their knowledge that God would take vengeance on those who sinned by either fire or water! Thus, in order to preserve the 4 necessary crafts, they “wrote” them into stone, to survive a fire or flood. Hence, one of the pillars was made of marble, and could not burn. The other was made of Lateras, and could not drown.
So we know that there was a flood. So what happened to the pillars? The Greek Hermenes, known as Hermes, was the Great Grandson of Noah. After the flood, it was he who found the pillars. The great great Grandson of Noah, finds the pillars with the 4 crafts/sciences. He then shares the knowledge. This knowledge of “Masonry,” the use of these crafts, was first demonstrated on a grand scale with the tower of Babilon, by King Nembroth. A known Mason and lover of the sciences. The connection to these ancient pillars, seems to have been first recorded by the Greek historian, Berosus. around 300 B.C. Sumerians.
Going back to King Nembroth of Babilon, it is recorded that he gave a lecture to about 60 Masons who arrived to assist in building the city of Nineveh. We then see Abraham and Sarah travel in and out of Egypt, and thereafter notice the patriarchs of Egypt, a society of firsts in many regards, teaching the seven sciences to the Egyptians, a worthy scholar being Euclid.
And it was Euclid, the true holder of the pillars’ knowledge, that would then say unto the King that, for a commission, and if allowed to teach the children of royalty and nobility honestly and gentlemanly, then he would share the practice of Masonry and all the manner to which it could be utilized to grow and build upon what they held dear. However, Euclid, as those who had preceded him had done, required that such knowledge only came with the condition that they remain true, and not lose sight of who they serve; the lord. And that they were to stay true to one another and be fellows of one another, rather than servants and masters. For their true payment (though commissions would be provided) was their ability, with this ancient knowledge, to serve the lord. And their fellow man.
And thus, the bedrock obligation in Masonry was born, that exists even today, to serve God and our fellow man, wither so dispersed around the Globe.
Shriners Hospitals exemplify what it means to be a Shriner, obviously, but also the heart of being a Mason. (Interviews)
Buzz Aldrin went to the moon with his Masonic handkerchief, took it out, and washed it in the moon rocks.
Lewis & Clark: 05/1804: Thomas Jefferson commissioned “Corps of Discovery Expedition” to explore ALL land West of St. Louis. US Army volunteers under the command of Captain Meriwether Lewis and his close friend Second Lieutenant William Clark, to lead the expedition.
And both were Masons.
Scribe of the Door to Virtue Lodge No. 44 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in Albemarle County, Virginia, recorded on December 31, 1796, that Lieutenant Meriwether Lewis, on furlough from his Western Pennsylvania post in the U.S. Infantry, "was recommended as a proper person to become a member."
It was at Lewis's encouragement, no doubt, that William Clark joined the new Lodge in St. Louis. Clark's certificate confirming that status, dated September 18, 1809, is at the Missouri Historical Society; his apron is at the Lodge in St. Charles, Missouri.
Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. (born 20 January 1930) is a member of the Clear Lake Lodge No. 1417, AF&AM, Seabrook, Texas and Montclair Lodge # 144 of New Jersey.
Kenneth S. Kleinknecht, 33°, the Manager of the Apollo Program Command and Service Modules; Deputy Manager, Gemini Program; Manager, Project Mercury had written;
“Note how many of the astronauts themselves are Brother Masons: Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr.; L. Gordon Cooper, Jr.; Donn F. Eisle; Walter M. Schirra; Thomas P. Stafford; Edgar D. Mitchell, and Paul J. Weitz. Before his tragic death in a flash fire at Cape Kennedy on January 27, 1967, Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom was a Mason, too.
Andrew Jackson - St. Tammany (later Harmony) Lodge No. 1, Nashville, Tennessee, later elected Grand Master of Tennessee on 10/7/1822 till 10/4/1824.