By William R. Fischer
In life challenge is abundant, life is a challenge, and
because of this life has meaning.
In Operative Masonry the challenge was to build a great
structure from rough stone. The challenge progressed
from one building to another throughout the life of the
Mason. He had a purpose and worked diligently with his
brothers to fulfill that purpose.
In Speculative Masonry the challenge is to build a
better person through instruction, deeds, and example.
The purpose is no less noble than our operative brothers
purpose, just more challenging.
Over the centuries Masonry has been persecuted by those
who oppose it. Through these challenges Masonry has
grown and become stronger. We have faced and defeated
every challenge, and become satisfied. "Maybe too
Now we face a new and more fearsome challenge. APATHY.
As a teen, we did not care. "Who cares?" "It doesn't
matter." Now as adults many of us have the same bad
habits, but it does matter. The only challenge most
Masons think they have, is memorization of the degree
work. The only education is teaching that memorization.
We have forgotten our young brothers who are starving
for knowledge and information about Masonry.
This brings up another challenge, our educators need to
be enlightened before they can instruct others. All
because of the lack of education and apathy.
No one cared, No one sought, No one taught. It's time
for you to: Care, Seek and teach, if given a chance.
Help face this challenge and help challenge others to
learn, to seek, to ask and most of all to care.
Taken from Masonic Short Talks
R.W. John R. Bradshaw, PSGD, W.M.
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