Number 277 – May 05, 2010
Dear Masonic Student,
Here is another fine Masonic Essay from M.W. Brother Dewey H. Wollstein; PGM of the Grand Lodge of Georgia
Divesting our Hearts – and Consciences
by Dewey H. Wollstein
Thought is the process of addition and subtraction. Every person is indebted to the ages for his own thoughts since some part of the material he uses came from thinkers of the past. Our responsibility to the future is the proper handling of the material that has been inherited. To add to the ages all that we are capable of in order to improve the thought of the past and to subtract all that we may evaluate as false, is the aim and purpose of all who look upon life as a serious undertaking.
Moral education, too, is a process of additions and subtraction. Man is the product of god and bad thinking. He has attained undreamed of glories in the realm of spirituality and also undreamed of depths in the realm of evil.
Thus it is: Whenever Masonry speaks of Heaven, it also points to earth. Contemplation of the Speculative is worthy according to its value to the real. If the Universe is moving toward something better, it must have for its goal the transplanting of Spiritual Ideals upon Earth. We know that the approach to such a condition is the process of adding all that makes life wholesome and good, and the subtracting all that makes life a miserable experience.
Let us say that we may use the Square, the Level and the Plumb to add with, but in case of error, we have the Common Gavel with which to make corrections.
Words to live by: “Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.” Horace Mann
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