In closing his biographical sketch in the spring 2014 issue of The New Jersey Freemason, RW Dieter B. Hees cited Brother Benjamin Franklin’s succinct summary of Freemasonry:
“Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are earned and paid in their dealings with one another; sympathy that begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason.” We hear similar kind words in the closing charge at each of our Communications. We are reminded to befriend and relieve a brother in need of assistance; to aid in a wayward brother’s reformation, and to judge others from a charitable perspective. We are encouraged to “Do good unto all men, especially unto them of the household of faith.”
These generous principles are common to all the major world religions that through the ages have guided and supported all mankind. For example, believers have found these generous principles cited in the Beatitudes of the Christian New Testament, the Books of Isaiah and Psalms in the Hebrew Tanach, the Five Pillars of Islam, and in early Asian Confucian philosophy. i ii iii Mankind truly could be of one kind mind. We Masons should practice daily these pronounced endeavors of kindness, helpfulness and sympathy towards others whenever and wherever possible, expecting nothing more than self satisfaction in return.
Charlie Johnson, WM