Number 276 – May 03, 2010
Dear Masonic Student,
I received a very nice and helpful email from Pastor and Worshipful Brother Art Hebbeler, Commander-elect, Crusade Commandery No 5, KT of Maryland and Grand Prelate of the Grand Commandery of Maryland.
Brother Art pointed out a serious error in my typing in the latest T.F.S. that went out on April 30th. (I was in a hurry to send it out prior to May 01 because my Blog at Halpaus.net was to go away on the 1st, and I wanted to get that missive out before than happened in case my mail distributing service would quit working too.) Anyway I did a poor job of editing and correcting typos. There was a sentence that read: “It is made clear to the members that we will sell or pressure our guests. Of course, that sentence was missing a very important word; it should have read “It is made clear to the members that we will’ not’ sell or pressure our guests.”
In other parts of the article on Open Houses it was made clear that there would be no selling or pressure, but that one typo could leave someone with the wrong impression. So I apologize for any misconception that typo may have conveyed. I did make the correction on the original document, and also on the posting of the paper on my new Blog. You can view my new Blog at http://halpaus.blogspot.com
From the Builder December 1925
TO JOIN OR NOT TO JOIN
To join, or not to join, that is the question
Whether ’tis better for myself to suffer
This non-Masonic state of outer darkness
Or tread the path of other, braver men
And by enrolling, end it?
To join – to meet
No more, and in the Lodge to say we end
The cold, uncharitable, unfeeling times
Non-Masons suffer – ‘Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished.
To join the Lodge
Its mysteries perform – ay, there’s the rub
For in those awful scenes what may be done
Which may intend to shake a strong man’s soul?
It makes us pause.
There’s the respect
That makes calamity of our friendless state;
For who would bear the Solitary life
The World’s indifference, the lack of Sympathy,
The want of friendly speech and the snubs
Which swelling self-importance stings us with,
Which he himself might evermore ignore,
By joining up?
Who would so friendless be
To stand outside a genial Brotherhood
But that the dread of something afterwards
That unknown Society, whose secrets
No Mason reveals, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
So stand we hesitating on the brink
And so our firm resolve to join the Craft
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought
And leaves us marking time
On our own ground.
Words to live by: Good fellowship and friendship are lasting, rational and manly pleasures. William Wycherley
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