A few years ago, while mindlessly scrolling through social media I saw, what I thought was a funny meme. In the top panel, it showed the actors playing the couple from a recent blockbuster movie adapted by a book women bought in droves. The caption which was from a line in the film read: “I have a pleasure room; do you want to see it?” The panel below showed a garage full of muscle cars. Obviously being a guy, this made me chuckle. I decided to create one of my own. I took the first panel of the young couple and I replaced the garage with a photograph of the most beautiful lodge room Google could provide me. Pleased with myself, I posted my newly minted meme to my author Facebook page and on the Midnight Freemasons Instagram account.
Of course, many of the Brethren who viewed the meme got the joke and they replied with a “lol” or a laughing emoji. But many of the viewers lost their minds and a long discussion began on how this little meme of a couple and a lodge room was “Disgusting” and “Inappropriate” and even (wait for it) UNMASONIC!
Honestly, there isn’t much that surprises me anymore but I can say I was taken aback at the reaction of some of the Brethren who viewed this photo of a young couple, fully clothed, engaging in nothing scandalous, and the photo of a lodge room. They were basing their opinions on the knowledge that this photo came from a make-believe movie with a script that came from the author of the work of fiction the movie was based on. (And from what I heard it was not even a good movie). If they did not know about that movie they would not have thought twice about those people. This got me thinking.
At first, I started thinking about how much symbolism we miss in our daily travels because of our biases and prejudices? Do we not see things that will make us better men or Masons because we refuse to look past the things, we think we have learned already? I realize symbolism is subjective and not everyone finds the same meaning from the same symbol, but is this why? Esoteric scholars can answer these questions much better than I can. I am a layman on the subject, so I will let others with much more experience pick up the mantle and take it from here.
I have also wondered how much we all would be different if we were stripped of our preconceived notions and prejudices. I admit I have some, I believe we all do to some extent. These days everyone’s minds automatically jump to the topic of race when they hear the word, prejudice. I believe these biases go much deeper than that.
I’m sure you have heard someone give their opinion on a political candidate or an election that may differ from yours and you may perceive them to be something they aren’t from that belief. You may discover someone practices a religion (Or does not believe in religion at all) and you might think they are either on the wrong track or they can be harmful to society. They might have the best intentions in the world, but you might think they are a bad person because of your bias. These are just examples, but it could be a bias on any topic, institution origin, or anything else someone else does that you don’t agree with or feel is wrong. Do you judge them for it? If so, look in the mirror and remember the below from Matthew 7 1:3.
WB Bill Hosler was made a Master Mason in 2002 in Three Rivers Lodge #733 in Indiana. He served as Worshipful Master in 2007 and became a member of the internet committee for Indiana's Grand Lodge. Bill is currently a member of Roff Lodge No. 169 in Roff Oklahoma and Lebanon Lodge No. 837 in Frisco, Texas. Bill is also a member of the Valley of Fort Wayne Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in Indiana. A typical active Freemason, Bill also served as the High Priest of Fort Wayne's Chapter of the York Rite No. 19 and was commander of the Fort Wayne Commandery No. 4 of the Knight Templar. During all this, he also served as the webmaster and magazine editor for the Mizpah Shrine in Fort Wayne Indiana.