THE WIDOWS SONS IS THE LARGEST MASONIC
MOTORCYCLE ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD
Between the compasses.
by Dave Bacon
How well do you truly
practice the lessons of our craft?
I can only answer for myself. I practice it
every day, to the absolute best of my abilities,
Without question. How easy has it been? Not very
easy at all. For me personally, it was a serious
lack of guidance and personal witness of actions
that (at the beginning) seemed to be
acceptable... But later turned out to be the
complete opposite. So over the last few days
I've really tried to think hard about my
experiences in the beginning compared to what I
experience now. I've seen a lot... Both in
person... And on social media, as well as 3rd
party accounts from conversations with brethren.
Why is this relevant? Why is it important to
speak upon these issues? Well, for starters,
yesterday a comment was made to me in private
message following a conversation in regards to a
harsh political statement. The comment to me was
"you speak about freemasonry like it's a
religion" simply because I stated I try my
hardest to keep all opinions and views in my
mind when speaking. But why do I do this? That's
what Freemasonry is about. Its about accepting a
difference in opinion without letting go of your
I see the phrase "we aren't in a tyled lodge"
quite often. My response in thought is always "I
don't check my obligations at the door as I
leave the temple" I take Freemasonry seriously.
Its changed my life. Each brother practices the
craft in the best way he knows how. But
sometimes... I wonder how often we lack the
action of truly informing the brother as he
begins. And how will this affect masonry later
Keeping our passions within due bounds means
more than just not losing control. It means to
me. to keep my opinions and thoughts for me and
me alone unless I feel a brother is open enough
to discuss a difference in view respectfully. If
not.. I simply do not offer my views and
opinions as it can cause a wedge between us. I
see it everyday... Many times from masons who
have been in the craft longer than myself.
How Well do we truly shape our brethren? Freedom
of speech and the ability to have an opinion
doesn't give the right to be downright rude and
disrespectful. How you feel personally is just
that. Its personal. You're allowed to have an
opinion... You're allowed to express it. But how
respectful and noble are you as you do this?
Again... This is observation... But I truly
think Freemasonry should be a place where we can
unite through our common goal of making a
positive impact. Not uniting simply to argue. It
seems to be more common than anyone will truly
admit. I've had a great few mentors who have
helped shape my perspective. My mentors do not
live close and have not been members of my
original lodge. There were a few... But
mentoring and guiding is the responsibility of
all masons. And we need to take charge early and
do it respectfully.
How are we different from the uninitiated if we
are arguing and bashing the same as those who
aren't masons. What sort of example are a we
truly setting for our new brothers... As well as
brothers who have chosen to leave masonry by
being on the receiving end of such actions?
Further still... How are we influencing the
public view of freemasons? Are we being the true
gentlemen of our time? Or are we simply
meandering through life with the same faults as
if we weren't masons at all.
What makes us truly
different? How well do we shape and guide
Are we preparing them for a successful Masonic
career? If not....are we simply looking to fill
the seats with a warm body not much different
than the uninitiated?