...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.