What moves you to be a Freemason?

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  1. markme_28

    markme_28 Registered User

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    What moves you to be a Freemason?


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  2. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    In becoming one, I was attracted to the values and history and I was curious and greatly encouraged by a friend to join.

    I stay because I like the values and lessons, enjoy the teaching element of the ceremonies and mentoring, striving to master them while it also being a very important social group for me and my partner.
     
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  3. goomba

    goomba Neo-Antient Site Benefactor

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    I believe completely our fraternity is the greatest organization founded my men to unite and build. For me it isn't why am I a Freemason but how could I not be.
     
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  4. JamestheJust

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    I had dropped out after a schism in my lodge but about 5 years later, living in a different area, in my meditation I was asked to rejoin. So I rang around the local secretaries until I found one that had similar interests and joined that lodge.
     
  5. CLewey44

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    Curiosity, the endless questions I had before joining and the even more questions I have after joining. The ancient mysteries; what's it all about? Striving to at least be mindful of creating that perfect ashlar, lead to gold and beyond. I genuinely thought I'd go through the first three degrees and have a pretty good grasp on all things antiquity but I actually have more and more questions everyday. Plus, it's just so darn interesting.
     
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  6. Warrior1256

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    Many of the men that I have admired during my life were Freemasons. So I decided to check it out.
     
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  8. coachn

    coachn Coach John S. Nagy Premium Member

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    My 2001 Nissan Altima...
     
  9. jermy Bell

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    I'm not really sure anymore.
     
  10. Bloke

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    You definately seem to be in a state of disappointment Brother. Can I do anything to help ?
     
  11. TheReturning

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    I joined the Brotherhood in 2006 (Raised 10/9/2006) and due to circumstances regarding work/school, went NPD and am now working to get reinstated. My reasons for reinstating are different from my reasons for joining (to be a part of something greater than myself, following my military service). Having the time to reflect opened my eyes to the vital necessity of Freemasonry in our world run amok. I am seeking reinstatement because:

    A. I'm self-employed now and can set my own schedule such that attending lodge regularly, as well as exploring further degrees (AASR is of much interest to me) will be of little-to-no issue.

    B. Among many other things, Freemasonry offers another outlet for my charitable desires.

    C. I look at the world today. So much division. We're taught to dislike others for so many reasons. Every day, hatred and vitriol are pounded into us through various sources. Freemasons. Just. Don't. Behave. That. Way. The higher standard is both refreshing and beautiful.

    D. Freemasonry makes good men better. As a teenager, I asked my grandmother about a Masonic ring another man was wearing. "That man is a Mason, a good man." I believe that my generation (Generation X) and the Millenials were sold something of a lie. Rebellion is good. Buck the trends. Do your own thing. You are entitled. Freemasonry builds character, a kind of character that I believe would benefit the world, quite possibly now more than ever. In a way, learning the Craft is now its own form of rebellion, I suppose.

    E. I believe that men of my generation and the next yearn for a stable code of morality that transcends the trends of the time. This time around, my duty as a Mason is well understood to serve as a pillar of the community in every conceivable way, to show my fellow man that that code exists and that it exists in the globe-spanning, centuries-old Fraternity we call The Freemasons. I contend that the world truly would be a better place with more Masons in it.

    F. I want to help the Brotherhood survive and thrive. Reality is that many Brothers are checking into the Celestial Lodge at an accelerated rate. I want to provide whatever I can to keep the Brotherhood alive and well during and past my time.
     
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  12. Warrior1256

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    Same here Brother.
     
  13. jermy Bell

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    I'. Im coming up on 3 years now, in the beginning it was great I felt like I really belonged to something great, Ive met a lot of great people and travel as often as possible. I am also a honorable member of 4 of the lodges I visit, in which I am very honored. BUT now, I have started to see the ugliness behind it. the politics , the back stabbing, and cliques. Its a little uneasy to watch a brother take his 1st degree, and wonder what his motives might be to wanting to become a mason. So, I will sit back and watch how the rest of this unfolds.
     
  14. BullDozer Harrell

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    It doesn't take long to see that a Masonic organization is made up of real flesh & blood people, huh?

    I guess most of us was looking for Masons to be a breed above the average human beings?

    Strangely you & I have been in the Craft for approximately the same relatively short time. I've seen the good & not so good behavior from Brothers as well.

    My responses are to double down on who I am and make sure that Brothers know what i came here to do.

    I became a Mason to work on myself. I remind myself how hard that work becomes when I pay too much attention to other guy's shortcomings. I let them be title chasers, seat warmers, aspiring hotshots & lodge superstars.

    So far it's been working for me to have a reputation for not being bothered by the follies of other men. Just as long as normal business is done nice & smooth within a reasonable time, i could care less about Lodge politics & the players involved. They have their own heart & soul to account for. My eyes remain on what I came to do with how many more breaths that my Lord sees fit to give me.
     
  15. Warrior1256

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    I'm three years raised this month.
    You are always going to have some of this in every organization run by human beings.
    I just assume that he wants to become a better man. If he is doing it for selfish reasons this will come out eventually and shame of him.
     
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  16. TheReturning

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    ^ This. That's what it's about. If the politics is too much, there is always another lodge, or a better of the number of lodges you attend.
     
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  17. LK600

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    I am on a personal journey, one that I started over 20 years ago. Freemasonry is a large portion of that Journey, and at present, it is the most important. To be blunt, I am constantly looking for ways to improve myself as a man, to find a deeper meaning and relationship with the GAOTU, to locate a group of like minded Brothers to give and receive support for both. I could go into detail on each area but this would be the wrong venue.

    I have heard that some men do not like what they found once they joined; it didn't meet their expectations. I will make it meet my expectations ;)
     
  18. Warrior1256

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    I like this!
     
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  19. TheReturning

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    I had mentioned in my original post that I am seeking reinstatement. By the looks of things, all is going well. Investigative committee will be formed and doing its thing. The secretary at the time of my suspension actually apologized to me lol. I told him no worries, he had the right to do it and going NPD was unmasonic conduct on my part. Very forgiving group of men, the Masons are! (Say that last line in Yoda voice).
     
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  20. Warrior1256

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    Good news!
     

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