True Secrets of Freemasonry

Those who become Freemasons only for the sake of finding out the secret of the order, run a very great risk of growing old under the trowel without ever realizing their purpose. Yet there is a secret, but it is so inviolable that it has never been confided or whispered to anyone. Those who stop at the outward crust of things imagine that the secret consists in words, in signs, or that the main point of it is to be found only in reaching the highest degree. This is a mistaken view: the man who guesses the secret of Freemasonry, and to know it you must guess it, reaches that point only through long attendance in the lodges, through deep thinking, comparison, and deduction.

He would not trust that secret to his best friend in Freemasonry, because he is aware that if his friend has not found it out, he could not make any use of it after it had been whispered in his ear. No, he keeps his peace, and the secret remains a secret.

Giovanni Giacomo Casanova, Memoirs, Volume 2a, Paris, p. 33

Saturday, January 12, 2008

How good and how pleasant it is...

Six years ago, I was hired by a good man to work at the Documentation and Training Manager for a network security company. He was a good boss, an honorable man, straightforward and trustworthy. At the time, I had not yet joined the fraternity, though I was five months away from it when he hired me.

Unfortunately, I only worked for him for five months. He took his new family, his wife and new born son, and took a new job in the mid west. Several months later, I was laid off in the dot com bubble burst, and I lost track of him.

The other day, we ran into each other through Plaxo, a web based personal connection tool. As we reconnected, I mentioned that I had joined Freemasonry. Well, he writes back that he is Senior Deacon of his lodge! He has also recently joined the craft, and is pursuing not only freemasonry, but membership in a Traditional Observance Lodge, esoteric masonry, and philosophical studies.

Its a small world, and good to reconnect to a former boss who is now a brother.
May the blessing of heaven rest upon us and all regular masons. May brotherly love prevail, and every moral and social virtue, cement us.

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