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Join me as we step together into a different reasoning of Freemasonry. IMHO- Freemasons seem to have a short list of preoccupations. As if transfixed on one spot on the horizon a very curious spot that unconsciously draws the eye. If we accept an assignment to search for problems, given a little diligence, flaws will always be found. If it is described constructively and thoughtfully if can be vital and useful. Such is the diplomacy of a good master to ensure he draws the best from his apprentices.
Nothing is gained by repeating failures; neither is anything gained by ungarded criticism. When a speaker looses site of his obligations to masonry- he isolates himself from the Order. Only if he examines his thoughts can he grow within masonry.
1717 was about a group taking existing relationships between lodges to a larger scale where advancement depended on merit. This is where our idea of meritocracy gained traction. Until we began apologizing to them, the work of an incompetent apprentice withered. 1717 worked because it was small scale, localized and relationship based. It brought about an assymetrical organization in love with the idea of a meritocracy, encouraging us to probe natural philoso[hy to satiate the mind. Passing off substandard work has undermined our foundation. We have forgotten how to tell an apprentice his work is unacceptable.
We cannot continue to work in this unmasonic manner. If we restore the ethos of medival craftmanship the change from current practices will remove the influence of malcontents. Our Order will strive once again for excellence. The substandard workers will find a place but not in masonry. If we do this, we will turn our gaze from that spot on the horizon, setting our alchemists loose, the risk is low. If we do not, we fix our gaze on a single spot.
Only a true craftsman can do it right.
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