WIDOWS SONS, THE WORLDS LARGEST MASONIC MOTORCYCLE ORGANIZATION
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How Does Masonic
Behavior Influence Those Around Us?
What is your vision of the role that Freemasonry plays in impacting the world around us? What role do we have in being a positive influence in society?
We are taught in the Lodge to use the square and compasses to circumscribe our desires so we can keep our emotions within due bounds and to constantly apply the square of virtue to our actions. But do we continue to apply those lessons when we leave the confines of the Temple? Do the words "every human being has a claim upon your kind offices, do good unto all" hold real meaning for us whether we are in the Lodge or outside of it?
Letís consider three groups of people as we examine how Masonic behavior may exert an influence all around us. These groups are: 1) people that are not members of the Craft, 2) our Brethren in the Craft, and 3) ourselves.
The first group (those not members of the Craft) is the one that Freemasonry aims to indirectly influence through the impact of our Masonic behavior.
Society today is filled with examples of slipping moral standards, an avoidance of a sense of responsibility for oneís actions, and a tendency to choose the option of self-interest and self-indulgence over an effort made to act for the general good of society.
Freemasonry, on the other hand, is often described as a fraternal organization which is based on the principle of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man and which, through its teachings and ceremonies, seeks to make good men better and thereby make the world a better place in which to live.
If we stand out, individually and collectively, as a Fraternity that promotes values associated with improving the condition of mankind and the general welfare of our fellow man, then our potential impact is far-reaching in its benefits. It improves the individual, strengthens the community, and creates an environment of concern for our fellow man instead of for ourselves only. It also creates a model of behavior to which the outside world can look up. The remark is often made, when referring to an uninitiated man that is a role model in the community, that "he was a Mason in his heart and by his actions."
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