“What is the definition of a True Brother? Would you die to protect your brother? Would you give all your life savings to help a brother in need, no matter what it is, without judging him?”
Any-who… I fired of a fast and simple reply: "Yes."
Then a question was posed in regard to the Oath’s of years past that would have been more in-line with the Knight’s Templar’s and other Knights from back in the day.
That got me thinking… and I wrote a bit more thought out reply:
I have taken several oaths in the civil service ring. I never one swore to die for the brothers & sisters with me on the line, but I would have. Came close a few times. I still wonder why I didn't some times. I certainly bled enough for them.
But nobody ever questioned each other's resolve to die for anyone of us.
I take my obligations more series than some, I suppose.
Every time I knelt at the altar in any of the degrees (DeMolay through York Rite), I reaffirmed what was in my heart, what I am willing to give for my Brother's and the Craft, when I kissed the Volume of Sacred Law. I don't expect the same from those that came before or after me. It is different for everyone. What I can tell you, even with the little traveling I have done, I am not disappointed in what I have found.
I have been around "this thing of ours" since I was 8 years old. It is a part of me in every way. Everything good in my life is associated in some way with Freemasonry. It even saved my life. By virtue of the people I have met and the Family that I have been given thru Freemasonry, I would die for the Craft. That is how much it means to me. That is what is in my heart.
The Obligation doesn't make the Man... The Man makes the Obligation.
We all come to the Craft seeking different things. Some blindly with no expectations, only questions. What I can say, what I have seen, the wages I have received and paid out when traveling, is that Freemasonry without a doubt, pays back ten-fold what you put into it.
I am reminded of Bro. Benjamin Franklin’s words:
Masonic Labor Is Purely A Labor Of Love
He who seeks to draw wages in gold or silver will be disappointed.
The wages of a mason are earned and paid in their dealings with one another:
Sympathy Begets Sympathy…
Kindness Begets Kindness…
Helpfulness Begets Helpfulness…