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Let's Help Our Worshipful Master
By telling him that he's wrong
One of the truly great things about Freemasonry is that in general, we all seem to do our best to get to know and understand the other guy. To avoid conflict with him. To look for ways to build friendship with him, or things we can bond with him over. In short, we try to act as Brothers should.
One of the other truly great things about Freemasonry is the fact that we are in actuality, a democratic benevolent monarchy. We elect our leaders, to limited terms, ensuring that we have the leadership we choose, and once chosen invest our leaders with virtually unlimited power over our Craft. If I remember the line from my own Installation two years ago it went something like “Power well nigh absolute.” This allows for a clear and efficient structure, while protecting everyone’s rights.
While both of these things are positive, they are negative as well.
It’s the negative I’m writing about today.
Both of these things can be negatives because they tend to encourage us to go along with bad ideas. Even can encourage us to help with things that we know in our hearts will be harmful.
Unfortunately, when a Lodge leader has a bad idea, we can be quite hesitant to speak up. And by not speaking up, we can allow harm to come to the Lodge, and indeed to the man we are trying to support.
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Let’s be honest for a moment. Not one of us, not even I have all good ideas all the time. Heck, I’ve had some real stinkers from time to time.
But, if no one around me is willing to tell me that my FAVORITE IDEA OF THE MOMENT is a bad one, and everyone is standing there smiling and nodding their heads, I’m going to run off and do it. And it’s going to suck. And I’m going to make myself and my Lodge look bad.
Letting bad ideas go unchallenged leads to failure.
It is, undoubtedly uncomfortable for us, as Masons, to stand up and speak up when something questionable is happening in our Lodge, or when a friend and Brother is clearly very excited about his bad idea. But we must.
We must say no to bad ideas.
By doing so we are truly doing our duty as Masons to protect our Brother. Doing our duty to point out impending danger. Doing our duty to show him what he is currently blind to see.
Remembering a First Lady’s saying from when I was a teenager: “Just Say No.”