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As a grown man, being defined with symbols is interesting. I think I am quite average; at this age having partial answers to some but not all of the elemental question pertinent to my life. In a way, it takes this kind of effort to balance an aging conscience to engage the world  authenticallly.  I do that to understand the nature of trust and gain control of emotion.  These are difficult elements; my sense of this is incomplete.

" I wish you well on your masonic journey."  We hear that alot. To be honest it never really sat well with me because it felt it was usually given to implant a conceit. ie Aren't I clever saying phrase to the initiate that he doesn't understand?  Dangerous stuff to talk about conceits I know.   But the mathematics of the sentence is wrong because he is left untaught.  Everyone comes into life alone and in relationship.  How we conduct our life is about choices we make.  I think freemasons gernerally agree each new member is part of the Order, joining us to explore the meaning of a life well lived. Our ritual gives an opportunity; not answers but an atmosphere to be a learner of philosophy, geometry, science, the arts, sociology and history.  We are  in a Mystery School in the truest sense; we are the alchemist seeking knowledge.

An intelligent man will understand the deeper growth only possible through respect of a higher power and mankind.  Freemasonry helps us understand the work of that achievement.

Don't walk away disappointed, impatient and frustrated. We've been looking for you. Do you have the temperment and intelligence to proceed? Natural talent is rare. Most of us acheive by hard work. It's a choice.