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I’m a Freemason!

Last night I was initiated into the Freemasons.

I’m now a member of Hearts of Oak Lodge, Brighton, Victoria, Australia.

This is a nautical lodge with a high portion of members with some sort of seafaring background or interest. Its members tend to be rowdy, fun-loving, irreverent rum drinkers of the nicest kind.

Some of my greatest heroes were Masons: Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Adam Smith, John Locke.

My wife’s grandfather, Foreman White (to whom I dedicated this song) was a Mason for 80 years. He died at 102 years of age (1898 – 2000).

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  1. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but, I thought Freemasons had to profess a belief in a “Supreme Being” and participate in quasi-religious rituals all of which would make membership incompatible with Objectivism.

    “This is a nautical lodge with a high portion of members with some sort of seafaring background or interest. Its members tend to be rowdy, fun-loving, irreverent rum drinkers of the nicest kind.”

    Hmmmm. . . I am a former sailor. . .

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  2. I explained to the Freemasons that I was an Objectivist and clarified in detail what this meant and didn’t mean.

    The main point is that as a Freemason you need to declare yourself bound/answerable to a strict, non-arbitrary code of morality. One that embraces respect for self and others, is dedicated to the cause of liberty, rationality and non-coercion.

    Freemasons are a worldwide network of moral men.

    I underwent a lengthy and involved – and quite fascinating – initiation ritual. It was all explained very clearly and it made a lot of sense to me.

    It’s not that the rituals are “quasi-religious” – it’s more that they’re symbolic. And the symbols are good!

    🙂

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