Thursday, December 3, 2009

Great Words from the Scottish Rite

Brethren all,

In an article today on the Scottish Rite web site, Sovereign Grand Commander, Ronald A. Seale gives an interesting view on Dan Brown's books. 

For me the best bit was,"We can easily be over simplistic, categorizing those who inquire into the Craft as good and bad. I would argue that we Masons also fall into distinctive groups according to our responses to questions, sometimes from the general public. There are Freemasons who are eager to share their enthusiasm and love of Masonry with those who make thoughtful inquiry and also understand it’s more often ignorance, not malice, that cause others to raise superfluous issues. Masonry is much more than a series of passwords, signs, or codes to be hidden, but rather it is a philosophy of living and a way of life to be shared with all qualified candidates who knock upon the inner door. To such men, the words of Joseph Fort Newton ring true, “When he has kept faith with himself, with his fellow-man, with his God; in his hand a sword for evil, in his heart a bit of a song—glad to live, but not afraid to die! Such a man has found the only real secret of Masonry, and the one which it is trying to give to all the world.” For these brothers, the attention sent our way by Dan Brown is good news, and we are thankful for the treatment of the Craft in his volume, certain to be read worldwide by millions."

He also warns against circling the wagons and pulling down the shades in an attempt to ride out this current wave of publicity.

Bro.: Seale's final question is extremely relevant.  "Someone you know will read The Lost Symbol and, discovering you to be a Mason, will ask for your reaction. Whatcha’ gonna say?" 

Well...what are you going to say?