Sometimes in the heat of a moment, lost in the exchange of ideas during a debate or an argument, we tend to forget who we are, what we are and that ties which mystically bind us together as better men.
Not that we are “unworthy” or because we are “fake,” “unreal” or “bad.” It’s because we are humans, still, and for as long as we remain this way up till the day we die, no matter how much knowledge we’ve acquired during our lifetime, the fact remains that we are continuously vulnerable to the many sudden outbursts of our old selves.
Thus, it will not always be rainbows and butterflies. Specific switches inside our complicated and highly powerful brain will self activate periodically, thereby causing our old dark self to resurface anew. All it takes is just one right button to ignite the bomb, and — bingo! — our rottenness is back with a vengeance.
That’s why learning is a lifetime process and we can’t afford to be complacent. That’s why we need admonishing to remind us of our missteps and to guide us back to the straight path.
That’s why we need to be understanding, and forgiving, of other’s faults as others do the same of ours.
I, to be honest, have had several fierce skirmishes with several Brethren as we disagreed on certain things. Most reasons are actually trivial, but because of poor communication, or perhaps the lack of it, plus our tendency to take things in the wrong way, the trouble starts to brew.
When it happens, hurt is planted on each other’s hearts and feelings begin to darken, prompting us to turn to the attack mode and pushing us towards the ugly realm of madness.
This is human nature, the impulsion to jump to conclusion and the compulsion to seek retribution for a cup of heartache acquired. It’s the evil that we are trying to defeat since the beginning of time. It’s the battle we all have yet to win.
Thus, to expect holiness and perfection from everyone on the account of us simply becoming a Mason is not only a misguided thought but likewise illogical.
So, too, to afford each other with exceeding expectations would only result to disappointment, sooner or later, as we see our flaws glaring at our faces mockingly.
For though we learn so many extraordinary things from our esoteric teachings and philosophies, truth is that such can not guarantee our complete emotional and psychological makeover.
Time will still come when our imperfections will rear their ugly heads, surprising, or even shocking, their hapless victims.
Moreover, we reside in an imperfect world, an environment teeming with temptations and rich in adversity.
So, how then do we differ from the rest and the unenlightened? Is there really a difference, or are we only fooling ourselves?
No, we are not deceiving ourselves. Yes, there is a big difference.
In countless attributes we are different. We could disagree on many things but could also agree on even more reasonable aspects with dignity and mutual respect; as quickly as our tempers flare, that fast also is our ability to forget the damage and forgive our aggressor; our compassion for the underprivileged and our passion to defend the weak are unparalleled; our endless quest for the advancement of equality, freedom and respect for human life are relentless, timeless and paramount; our unpretentious devotion to the Almighty is also a cut above the ordinary.
And the list goes on and on.
It is in the actual knowledge of our flaws, our willingness to accept, correct, and make up for our mistakes, and our peculiar ability to render each other the highest respect affordable in spite of some hurtful acts done that we are set apart from the rest of the human species.
This, and this alone, can the world behold us in great amazement and splendor. That in the roughness and rubbles of ourselves we can, as builders, erect human milestones, so perfect they not only changed the course of history but set a new direction for the whole new world.
Yes, it’s true. We are indeed Masons, but we aren’t saints.