What Kind of Mason are you?

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What Kind of Mason Are You?

  1. Ritual

    13 vote(s)
  2. Practical

    9 vote(s)
  3. Heart

    9 vote(s)
  4. Business

    0 vote(s)
  5. Belly

    1 vote(s)
  6. Regular

    7 vote(s)
  7. Other

    6 vote(s)
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  1. JBD

    JBD Premium Member

    Regular just like in the work - that is what we strive to be
  2. BrianM

    BrianM Guest

    Thanks , I almost spit coffee all over my laptop from laughing . I haven't been to Hazard in a long time , I may just have to head up that way some time and visit with you all .
  3. Griffin

    Griffin Brother of the R+C Premium Member

    I chose other. I'm interested in the esoteric, not as in the unwritten stuff you memorize for ritual and such, but in the spiritual and philosophical sense. I'm interested in understanding the mysterious ways that Masonry stimulates an alchemical transformation in the heart and mind of a man.
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2009
  4. jonesvilletexas

    jonesvilletexas Premium Member

    "I am almost through!" The New Brother displayed a sheaf of cards to the Old Tiler.
    "Soon I will have joined them all and become every kind of Mason there is."
    "What do you know about the kinds of Masons there are?" asked the Old Tiler,
    interested. "You have not been a Master Mason long enough to gain all that knowledge!"
    "That's not hard to gain, with all the brethren poking petitions at you. There are Scottish
    Rite Masons and York Rite Masons and Templar Masons and Chapter Masons and
    council Masons and..."
    "Oh!" the syllable said much. The Old Tiler added, "I didn't understand. I thought you
    couldn't have learned yet."
    "Learned what? Are there some more kinds of Masons?"
    "Indeed, yes! answered the Old Tiler. "A great many kinds. But seven you haven't
    mentioned stand out more prominently than others."
    "Do tell me! I thought I had joined most of them..."
    "You don't join these. You become one, or are made one, or grow into one of them. For
    instance, there is the King Solomon Mason. He thinks that everything that Solomon did
    as a Mason is right and everything he didn't do is wrong. To him Masonry was
    conceived, born and grew up in the shadow of King Solomon, and every word of the
    legend is literally true, much like the man who refuses to believe the earth is round,
    because a verse in the Bible refers to the 'four corners of the earth!' The King Solomon
    Mason lives his Masonry according to his light; perhaps it's not his fault it is so dim.
    "To the ritual Mason the importance of Masonry is the form of its words. A good Mason
    in his belief is one who can repeat a lecture from end to end without a slip. A man may
    do battle, murder, or cause sudden death, commit arson or run away with a neighbor's
    wife; if he knows his ritual letter perfect, it 'was all a mistake!' The man who doesn't
    know his ritual letter perfect is not, in this man's eyes, a good Mason; not though he give
    to charity with both hands and carry love for his fellowman in both head and heart.
    "The practical Mason looks at life from a utilitarian standpoint. He prefers electricity to
    candles for Lesser Lights because they are simpler and prefers candles to electricity
    because they are cheaper. He thinks a choir impractical because it produces nothing
    permanent, and would rather spend the money for printed matter or a new carpet. He is at
    his best when raising money for a new temple and at his worst when asked to express
    himself upon the spirit of Masonry. His hand is in his pocket for charity, but never for
    entertainment. He is usually on the finance committee, and recommends a budget in
    which rent and heat and light are bigger than relief.
    "The heart Mason is the opposite. He is full of impractical schemes. He wants to start a
    new temple which will never be built. He talks much of the Fatherhood of God and the
    brotherhood of man, but is absent when the hat is passed and the committee on funds
    needs a few workers to go out and gather in. The heart Mason is the lodge sob-sister; he
    usually seconds any motion to spend any amount of money for flowers or to send a
    brother away for his health, and always makes a little tear-filled speech about the
    fatherless loved ones, even if the dear departed died a bachelor.
    The business Mason belongs because he thinks it helps his job. He usually sits next to the
    solid businessman in lodge and likes to tell people what he does. If he is a Past Master, he
    never comes to lodge on time, so that he can get a special welcome at the Altar. His
    favorite speech is about the man who tried to advertise his business in lodge and how evil
    this was; in the speech he always mentions his own business. He wears an extra large
    sized pin and prints squares and compasses on his letterheads.
    "We dominate another kind by the expressive term of belly Mason. He is most faithful in
    attendance at lodges where there may be a feed. He will cheerfully spend twenty cents
    carfare and a long evening to get a fifteen-cent sandwich. If there is to be a sit-down meal
    he will sit up all night to be on time. If the affair is in another lodge and needs tickets he
    will take time off from his job to hunt a brother who has a ticket and doesn't want it. He
    usually manages to cross the lodge room while the cigars are passed so he can dig into
    the box twice. If the crowd is small, he is the last man to get a smoke, so he can take all
    that are left. If the crowd is large, he is among the first, to make sure he doesn't get left.
    "And then there is the regular Mason- the fellow who does his best with the time and
    brains he has. He is the great bulk of the fraternity. He pays the dues and fills the chairs
    and does the work. He is seldom a fine ritualist, but he is usually an earnest one. He is not
    very practical, and would spend more than we have if it wasn't that he is too sentimental
    to permit the charity fund to be robbed. He passes the sandwiches and coffee, and if there
    is any left he gets his; but he doesn't care so long as the evening is a success. He isn't a
    student, but something in the heart of Masonry has reached deep into his heart, and so he
    comes to lodge and does his best. He is not learned, but he is not stupid. He is not
    hidebound, and yet he is conservative. He loves his lodge, but not so much he cannot see
    her faults. He is most of us."
    "And what class of Mason am I?" asked the New Brother, uneasily looking at his sheaf of
    "You have cards enough to be considered a Mason for almost any reason," answered the
    Old Tiler. "But I'll take your word for it. What kind of Mason are you?"
    "I don't know for sure, but I know what kind I am never going to be!" answered the New
    Brother, putting his many cards away.
  5. jwhoff

    jwhoff Premium Member

    I guess I'm an "other" guy. Philosophy was my favorite of three majors in college (I hung around a long time) and I love history and what makes folks tick. I was awfully hungry out there in the profane world those years looking for someone to ocassionally coverse with. Usually, though not terribly religious, I was drawn into friendships and found those topics of conversation I clicked on with members of the clergy (of all faiths and religions.) Now I've met men of a serious nature in masonry who fill this void in my life. Sometimes I still can't believe how close it all was while I was standing out there in the cold rain.
  6. Beathard

    Beathard Premium Member

    I would have to say ritualist. Since my goals are district instructor and maybe someday being a member of the committee on work, ritualist would have to be it. But I believe I am a little bit of each type.
  7. coachn

    coachn Coach John S. Nagy Premium Member

    I'm a Mason who likes to Travel, Work, Earn and Contribute.
    • I Travel to all sorts of foreign lands and learn as much as I can.
    • I apply what I learn, Working and Earning commensurate with my skill.
    • I give back to those whom are worthy on my Contribution.
    Most of all, I like to Build for myself and others which I believe are all reflections of the Creator. To do this, all four are necessary.

    I guess that makes me a "Builder" type of Mason.

    Bro. Coach N
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2011
  8. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

    broken frames are bad, mmkay.
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