Between the compasses:
council. What is it? How does it
by Dave Bacon
can be and many times, is... Interpreted
Good council has been
given to me ... More than a few times as
an entered apprentice. Does it seem
strange I continue to speak about the
ea? Again... Our masonic journey starts
here. At ea. Good council brethren, to
me, can often times be advice in times
of adversity.. Sometimes as a corrective
suggestion As a result of a bad or
misplaced decision. Nothing is more
important than good council.
We are to build our brothers as well as
ourselves. They are free to accept or
reject said council should they so
choose. What makes them reject said
council? Especially when passions over
take an engaging conversation and that
conversation takes a turn for the worse.
This happens frequently. Behavior is
learned. We are to apply our tools for
their intended purpose. But from a
master mason to an entered apprentice ..
If the entered apprentice isn't well
informed or given no council at all...
How good of a master mason will he be?
That depends on the true nature of his
character. We are to shape ourselves.
But what if the shapes we embrace are
the shapes of brethren who may also not
have received good council... To
squaring their actions. My brothers...
This is not a statement of negative
suggestion or directed towards anyone
specifically. . it is however... A
reality. We have all seen brothers from
time to time be cold and disrespectful.
Both to brothers of all degrees.. As
well as the profane. Do we whisper good
council to them when their actions have
gone unhindered thus far? How well will
it be received? And what if that brother
who is given council chooses to be
vindictive? How do we handle that
situation? How far do These actions go
before passions stay within due bounds?
How well is the council given in terms
of quality? How well are we shaping our
brethren as entered apprentices before
they move on to further degrees?
There was a post yesterday that serves
as a partial inspiration for today's
topic. It was a post about Islam in
Freemasonry. I won't go into details...
But ... When a brother chooses to step
out of the conversation... We should
choose to respect that and leave it
alone. We are brothers. No matter what.
When we give council... We are to do so
with respect and out of the betterment
for the fraternity.
It's okay to hold convictions. Just keep
in mind there may be others who might
feel differently. Social media has
created something brethren of old could
never have foreseen. When representing
ourselves as masons and when not
representing ourselves .. Our lessons
are to be kept in mind always. How we
represent ourselves stands to show how
freemasonry is then interpreted by the
profane. Do you apply your working tools
outside of the lodge? I was told
yesterday... (And this is perfect in my
opinion).. Freedom of speech does not
equate freedom from the consequence. We
are all held accountable for our
actions. We are free first. And Accepted
2nd. Free to make the choice... But the
choice should be out of respect for the
freedoms of others as well. Otherwise we
negate the very principles of
freemasonry. Have a view and stick to
it. Whatever it may be. But try not to
be disrespectful just to prove how right
you are. Proving... Or sure lying to
discredit the views of another is
supremacist in nature. Self validation
is harmful to the fraternity. Govern
How do you apply your
How often do you give
What is good council
How well are you
shaping your brethren as they
themselves... Shape you in return?
Have a wonderful day