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INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. NEWS- THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 1975 however noble, entertain delu- Whatever it may pos- reside in the ulti- of those lofty which good unaffected hu- this truth is We build not only to but to all hu- excuse for being claim upon and devotion lie of individuals to building more designs of our is to strive for of a spiritual temple, a vision grand enough Among these dark Satanic to have stood the passing },ears mills? and strong enough to overcome I will not cease from men- whatever problems the future tal fight may bring. Freemasonry's Nor shall my sword sleep in spiritual temple is the moral my hand and spiritual growth of the in- Till we have built Jerusa- dividual. A lack of faith in lem our ability to fullfill this aim In England's green and and our failure to realize the pleasant land." Fraternity's important mis- These lines transcend any sion constitute our chief weak- particular place on earth. They ness in this age of dissolving are an affirmation for men beliefs and witheringstandards, everywhere. There is a ring William Blake wrote the fol- t of purpose here, a change inthe lowing lines which Masons soul of a man which must under- might well read again: lie all lasting undertakings. The "And did the countenance di- sword of the spirit is in tbe hand. vine Yet now, more thanone hund- Shine forth upon our cloud- red and fifty years after Blake ed hills? wrote this hymn of spiritual And was Jerusalem builded transformatiOn, the world lies here dark on every hand - perhaps darker for all our technical ~*******~*:*********. advances. The temple lies "K" unfinished. The builder's tools ditions which are the sinews of our western culture. In the name of social progress and sophistication we have struck down our tallest heroes and discarded as old-fashioned three thousand years of human experience. In the words of the prophet Jeremiah, we have built a cistern that will not hold wa- ter. Blake's dream of a new Jeru- salem, a holy atmosphere where men.stand in a light that leaves no corner darkened, might well be used as a hymn of Masonic purpose. To build a better and finer world according to God's plan is the task which is at once our duty and our happi- ness. The design for a spiri- tual temple built of strong and good men starts not with the state, not with the lodge, but with the individual. Two steps in this purpose are plain. The first is to mold the man as a builder; the se- cond is to set the brethren to work. The individual Mason must first come to believe in Freemasonry's purpose and then equip himself for his duty. No man actually becomes a Mason until he has obligated himself in his heart and mind never to cease in the perfec- tion of his craft and to prac- tice the Fraternity's tenets, which are brotherly love, re- "X" lie rusting in the sand. lief, and truth. It is then that We can echo the sentiment the light begins to break from of Wadsworth: the grandeur which lies ahead "Have I not reason to la- and toward which the brethren P ment labor. It is doubtful that any What man has madeofman?" one of us becomes a Mas- ter Mason in the sense that we And we must agree with- YOU Brother Robert Burns: have perfected our skills. It "Man's inhumanity to man is in the striving for this at- ~,~ Makes countless thousands tainment that our purpose lies. mourn." Let us not delude ourselves; OBS[RV[ YOUR While builders procrasti-the stakes arehigh. Upon our nated and let the temple of the moral and spiritual achieve- ]OSth spirit go unfinished, otherstur- civilizationment depends the survivalitself. Let usf ~.~ned to different programs. In the closing years of the nine- "build Jerusalem" in the place small to which our' duty called us. teenth century, a man ASONIIt ~, lived,,England,sOUt hiSgreenlaSt years in If the future of freemasonry and pleasant does reside in a vitally alive land'. This was Karl Marx;purpose, the question becomes: but his solution for humanity's how can this spirit be propa- troubles began not with the in- gated? Too often we have ac- ~ dividual soul, but with political centnated the pumping of hands and economic materialism, a and the slapping of backs, as if program of mass manipulation the best attribute of Masonry in which the individual is to were a smile and a merry con- count for very little. Because formity, - and this despite the Marxism was an easy program earnest lessons of our highest ~.~to follow and appealed to what degree. We do not bring a new was commonly and basically Mason into the presenceofwis- wrong with mankind, the way of dom or to a willingness togrow communism caught fire and spiritually as simple as that. spread like fire. Now a dis- The proper Masonic avenue to turbingly large segment of the the heart is through the mind. world's population has corn- That is the essential meaning mitted itself to a purpose alien of the second degree. We are to all that every well-informed eager to assert that our or- holds secret, der is not a religion. This is Mason Any thinking and feeling man proper, for we know that Ma- l on-Jean yle Shoppe must sense an approaching sonry was not designed to storm. It howls like a wolf at carry out the functions of a ~ our very door. In our country church. we are aware that too many But we have been far too re- ~'~ young people are incapable of luctant to proclaim that Ma- Kendrick's Florist accepting the dignify' of true sonry hasadeepspiritualphilo- #% "X" greatness; too many are incap- sophy and that that system of ~C:~:~:~:~C*:~:~C:~:~****~~:~:~ able of understanding those tra- beliefs requires positive, con- MASONS UPON , er. The mind must first be taught and convinced. There is no weakness in what Masonry has to teach, no lack of streng- th in its purpose, no major fault in the logic. Yet far too often, the curtain is kept drawn; the real light is excluded from the temple upon which we are sup- posed to be laboring. It is be- cause we are ashamed of deep feelings, or is it because we are afraid of the consequen- ces which must come from a deep commitment to our Ma- sonic purpose? No man should dedicate a vital part of his life to Masonry without first asking himself a serious question. Does Ma- sonry have within its ancient philosophy a scope and depth sufficient to make truly signi- ficant contributions to man- kind? In our time, Bretheren, we need an affirmation that Masonry has a destiny to ful- fill! That affirmation must be made by individual Masons, through the lives that they lead in their own communities. Freemasonry rests upon a foundation cleanly cut and un- ambiguous. Its basic princi- ples are few in number; each has been tested by the square of human experience; each has been proved again and again throughout the years. The teachings of our order are not strangled by dogma, prejudice, or narrow creeds. The sym- bollsm of the Craft is not veiled in mysticism; it pertains to life as it is lived by men. A study of Masonic history gives testimony that ourorder is cap- able of fulfilling its aims wher- ever its principles are follow- ed by men who glve with their minds, their hearts, and their hands. The shame of humanity, that after so many years the spiri- tual temple still stands unfinis- hed, is ours to share; for we have obligated ourselves to be builders. We cannot merely belong in Masonry; we are co- mmitted by our vows to labor on that temple. In a world where "man's in- humanity to man" lurks on every side, where temperance and justice are mocked, and where a reverence for GOd is left for emergencies or aban- doned completely, we Masons must be shocked by that an- cient evil and by the loss of dignity and wisdom. Our apprecticeship must be- gin anew. First we must learn to be true to our real natur- es, and then to master the art of building for humanity. This is the only way that we can help to life the darkness of violence and greed or to escape the fears of hate and ignorance. Then, TO THE ANDALUSIA, ALABAMA P.O. BOX 1357 PAGE 5B when our work is done, we may lay down the tools of our Craft and stand among the brethren looking upwards at the new light in the east. I I