is freemasonry what you thought it would be when you first joined?

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by • RM, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. • RM

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    Likewise
     
  2. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    I agree.

    I would also point out; who took responsibility for taking the initiative and then signing up here, and then kept coming back to either directly participate by posting or indirectly by reading, or just using the "like" button. In doing that, we all took some sort of active independent step in our Masonic Experience. . So many of us are told, you get our of Freemasonry what you put into Freemasonry, and again, so many are shocked when they do not take ownership of their own Masonic growth and make not effort, but leave it to others to spoon feed them, and they get disappointed with Freemasonry..

    There is the lovely question to explore - "Is Freemasonry a Team Sport of an Individual Pursuit ? "
    We know it is both because we cannot perpetuate Freemasons nor make Freemasons unless we are in a Lodge (a team sport) but also the hardest challenges are not learning likes or understanding arcane ideas or words, it is applying and living the values of Freemasonry in our daily lives as individuals. Further, coming to quickly understand that Freemasonry is not a 3 meeting mystical self help system, it is indeed a life journey. Symbolic/Speculative Freemasonry is indeed is a system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.. I have not yet mastered that and expect to keep discovering "hidden mysteries" until the day I die. However, like a football team, when comprised of individual highly fit athletes who seek out teams coached by excellent leadership, the team result will be better. Sadly, so many Brothers all over report they find their team leadership lacking. More sadly, so many men discard Freemasonry because it has not come up to their expectations in the first year or two.. or their love of a dedicated water boy or two, keeps them going back to the stadium.

    But I am not an idiot, Lodges can be very hard places to be sometimes and at some point in everyone's journey, and often more frequently, require resolve... as does living an honourable and worthwhile life
     
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  3. Warrior1256

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    Well said Brother Bloke.
     
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  4. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    Thank you Brother.
     
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  5. frehm

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    It's even bigger and deeper than I thought.
     
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  6. Warrior1256

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    I feel the same!
     
  7. Elexir

    Elexir Registered User

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    You havent seen nothing yet ;)
     
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