Masonic etiquette

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  1. zouzoum

    zouzoum Registered User

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    Hello brethren
    I know masonic etiquette is how u behave in your lodge but is it also applicable outside

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  2. JJones

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    If a man only acts like a Freemason when he's in a lodge then I'd say that his ashlar is still very rough indeed.
     
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  3. zouzoum

    zouzoum Registered User

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    Thanks for the nice answer

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  4. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    A Brother must remember that he represents the Fraternity at all times and should, in every instance, act in such a way as to give others a positive impression of the Craft.
     
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  5. BryanMaloney

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    Kind of like a guy who refrains from stuffing himself silly on donuts only while in the gym...
     
  6. MarkR

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    If not, the man has missed the whole point.
     
  7. dfreybur

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    There are many points where we are reminded to observe outside of the lodge those values we are taught inside of the lodge. These points may be called character. Some details only apply inside lodge. Standing on three raps and such.

    So it matters how you view the word etiquette. If etiquette to you is which fork to use with your salad then Masonic etiquette is the sort of detail that apply inside lodge. If etiquette to you is more generally a level of class then it all applies outside.
     
  8. rebis

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    It is a fact of life brothers that truth, virtue and morality which we symbolize by the square, can get you in great trouble at times...out there in the profane world.

    They ravage and consume the virtuous.

    All they really are interested in is sensory stimulation.

    Your perfect ashlar must be kept hidden from their eyes safely tucked away.

    Masonry is an inward journey which splendor should not be flaunted. Else you will become nothing more than pearls onto swine.




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  9. dfreybur

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    To some extent we get to chose our companies on a day to day basis. To a much greater scale we get to chose our companions on a year to year basis.

    I have changed jobs because the workplace went from character based to as you described several years after a corporate buyout. The cultural change was slow but consistent. Eventually it reached a point where it was time to start looking elsewhere.
     
  10. rebis

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    That's exactly what happened to me also.
    The hard lesson that I was forced to learn is that truth, virtue and morality need to be circumscribed and kept within due bounds when out there amongst the laymen.
    Very sad indeed.
    As masons we strive for virtue and the constant defense of truth and innocence...but these principles without the compass can land us into trouble.out there.



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  11. dfreybur

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    Interesting that you reacted differently to the same pattern at work. I traveled to another company for my work. You circumscribed and stayed at the same place. Each has its advantages. I moved to Texas in the process, but we had long wanted to move south of the snow line so there were more reasons than just my work situation.
     
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  13. rebis

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    I was not a mason at the time, but adhered to virtue. I spoke the truth without circumscription...made enemies...got tired of it all and started my own software company.


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  14. rebis

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    Thanks brother...I shall put that as my desktop wallpaper!


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  15. cemab4y

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    When other people know you are a Freemason, then you ARE Freemasonry. Keep that in mind.
     
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    We should be known by our works.
     
  17. LelandC

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    One can achieve Masonic goals by being a constant example of a peaceful, positive, productive and even pious contributor to society, without having to overtly explain that Masonry helped him get there.
     
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    My story is simple, I have always been taught to be respectful, kind, helpful, and do go out of my way to help those in need. Not to sound conceited but those traits I have kept close to my heart. When I read more about Freemasonry, I found it to compliment my way of life. Simply put, it pulled me in to becoming a freemason.
     
  19. Warrior1256

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    This is what my mentor told me when I was raised. He said that I am now an example of Masonry to the public at large. He also said that this is very important as I may be the only contact some people may have had with Masonry so the way I conduct myself will be taken by them as a reflection on Masonry as a whole.
     

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