I had to find out more about this Freemasonry thing. What was it all about? Why did it exist? What were the benefits? So it really began when I typed “Freemasonry” into an internet search engine, and there it was--the first link of the rest of my life. It was a website I am sure is no longer in existence today, none the less a website that went on to describe the rudimentary history and goals of the society, which I would come to find out in later days was more secret than not.
The history I will leave for the reader to research on his or her own, or not, it’s main aim, on the other hand though I hear very little of today, I feel obliged to share and attempt to keep alive, as it has greatly applied to my Masonic journey. The fundamental Masonic aim from what I discovered that day was that of supporting, promoting, and providing a higher education, and if I am not mistaken, fund and aid in constructing the very institutions in which this higher education would be take place. That was about it; about all I could expediently and conveniently find on the subject in that day. That half hour study session on Freemasonry may have been enough for me that day, at least until my good friend and partner at the time, decided that he had better warn me about this organization, to paraphrase it went a little something like this, “Be careful with those Freemasons, I have been told they are an evil organization.”
First: Freemasonry by its very design and nature is to my understanding , to first positively affect the initiate, then hopefully the people immediate to him, friends and/or family, continuing to work outwards from there with the outcome being an altruistic, amelioration of yourself and all of your communal surroundings within one’s influence. Something that was conveyed to me sincerely and wholeheartedly by Bro. N. Greenwell, who by my witness did everything in his power without surrender, to achieve this. Three words; Lead, By, Example! Second: Freemasonry has no upper or lower levels by which brethren of certain stature or degree meet, it has none of these, but only one level on which all the Brethren meet no matter race, religion, or creed! We are all equals! Third: The vast amounts of well thought out and articulately written papers, historicaly factual, and philosophical have managed to keep me easily entertained and involved, often times taking me well over an hour to be able to fully translate and understand what the author is conveying to the reader. Fourth: Though not having any immediate effect on my character, Masonic literature, also while reading and decoding it’s indubitable meaning always instilled in me the desire to want to be a better man, it enticed me to strive to become more worthy of its ranks, moreover, though unable to attest to it at this very moment, all of its hidden mysteries were in plain sight, just waiting to be plucked by any and all who prove themselves worthy by means of hard work, study, courage and dedication, none of which I care to give away or explain, but trust me any who lack courage will fall short.