The Ideal of a Freemason
If you see a man who quietly
and modestly moves in the sphere of his life; who, without blemish,
fulfils his duty as a man, a subject, a husband and a father; who is
pious without hypocrisy, benevolent without ostentation, and aids his
fellowman without self-interest; whose heart beats warm for friendship,
whose serene mind is open for licensed pleasures, who in vicissitudes
does not despair, nor in fortune will be presumptuous, and who will be
resolute in the hour of danger;
The man who is free from superstition and free from infidelity; who in
nature sees the finger of the Eternal Master; who feels and adores the
higher destination of man; to whom faith, hope and charity are not mere
words without any meaning; to whom property, nay even life, is not too
dear for the protection of innocence and virtue, and for the defense of
The man who towards himself is a severe judge, but who is tolerant with
the debilities of his neighbour; who endeavours to oppose errors
without arrogance, and to promote intelligence without impatience; who
properly understands how to estimate and employ his means; who honours
virtue though it may be in the most humble garment, and who does not
favour vice though it be clad in purple; and who administers justice to
merit whether dwelling in palaces or cottages.
The man who, without courting applause, is loved by all noble-minded
men, respected by his superiors and revered by his subordinates; the
man who never proclaims what he has done, can do, or will do, but where
need is will lay hold with dispassionate courage, circumspect
resolution, indefatigable exertion and a rare power of mind, and who
will not cease until he has accomplished his work, and then, without
pretension, will retire into the multitude because he did the good act,
not for himself, but for the cause of good!
If you, my Brethren meet such a man, you will see the personification
of brotherly love, relief and truth; and you will have found the ideal
of a Freemason.
Excerpted from "The History of
Freemasonry" by Otto Klotz, The Canadian Craftsman, March 15, 1868.
M.W. Bro. Otto Klotz was an honourary Past Grand Master of the Grand
Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario.