...the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. Geo. Washington Feb. 22, 1732


Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert Kennedy, South Africa 1966.


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The most important Freemason of the Twentieth Century



Over on the Philalethes Society list there is a discussion of who was the most important Freemason of the 20th Century - Below is my response and I will stand by it.

I am going to cast my ballot for the unnamed Brother who visits the sick and lonely in the nursing home. The one who faithfully attends the meetings and helps out where ever he can, who recognizes all men as his Brother and his fellow Masons as the best of them all. Who is faithful to his obligation and visits the widow and orphan. Who recognizes that the principles of Masonry help to make this world a better place and who delights in no man's sorrow or difficulty. I have several in mind but to me they are and always will be the most important Freemason of any century.

4 comments:

Tom Dean said...

You are certainly on target here. We often fail to mention that even those that sit on the sidelines are an important part of our Fraternity! Thanks for bring this issue up

Tom

Exploding Light Bulb said...

Here, here to that Bro. Jay!

We have a brother in our lodge that recently had a stroke. We have all, as a lodge, come to see him regularly, with at least one or two different brothers visiting him daily.

I truly believe that this camaraderie has been one of the key factors in is on going recovery. His recovery has been so good, that he is healing what doctors said could not, and he feels that he is ready for a liquid mix of barley, hops, and yeast; if you know what I mean.

The brother who is loyal to those brethren in need is truly the greatest Mason of the 20th century, if not of all time.

Fraternally,

Kurt

Jay Simser said...

You can read about one of these brothers here.

http://ssbaker.blogspot.com/2008/01/john-hamilton.html

David is one of those "most important Masons."

gpa don said...

'For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matt.6-21
Isn't it wonderful to know that there are good men doing good things without "standing in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men."
So may it ever be.