Ronald Adams
Ronald AdamsHOLLAND Lodge No.1 WM 2015-2016

“THE ILLUSTRIOUS ANCIENTS, WHEN THEY WISHED TO MAKE CLEAR AND TO PROPAGATE THE HIGHEST VIRTUES IN THE WORLD, PUT THEIR STATES IN PROPER ORDER. BEFORE PUTTING THER STATES IN PROPER ORDER, THEY REGULATED THEIR FAMILIES. BEFORE REGULATING THEIR FAMILIES, THEY CULTIVATED THEIR OWN SELVES. BEFORE CULTIVATING THEIR OWN SELVES, THEY PERFECTED THEIR SOULES. BEFORE PERFECTING THEIR SOULES, THEY TRIED TO BE SINCERE IN THEIR THOUGHTS. BEFORE TRYING TO BE SINCERE IN THEIR THOUGHTS, THEY EXTENDED TO THE UTMOST THEIR KNOWLEDGE, SUCH INVESTIGTION OF KNOWLEDGE LAY IN THE INVESTIGATION OF THINGS, AND IN SEEING THEM AS THEY REALLY WERE. WHEN THINGS WERE THUS INVESTIGATED, KNOWLEDGE BECAME COMPLETE. WHEN KNOWLEDGE WAS COMPLETE, THEIR THOUGHTS BECAME SINCERE. WHEN THEIR THOUGHTS WERE SINCERE, THEIR SOULS BECAME PERFECT. WHEN THEIR SOULS WERE PERFECT, THEIR OWN SELVES BECAME CULTIVATED. WHEN THEIR SELVES WERE CULTIVATED, THEIR FAMILIES BECAME REGULATED. WHEN THEIR FAMILIES WERE REGULATED, THEIR STATES CAME TO BE PUT INTO PROPER ORDER. WHEN THEIR STATES WERE IN PROPER ORDER, THEN THE WHOLE WORLD BECAME PEACEFUL AND HAPPY.”

As I wait for the repairman to show up, I find myself wondering about his qualifications, the recommendation that led me to him, and a myriad of other things, all contributing to my image of him and my expectations of the quality control he will or will not exercise. With time on my hands, my thoughts turn to Masonry and I am again struck by the similarities of the Craft and the trappings of the “World”. How are we any different than this craftsman who has not yet shown up; or our co-workers, superiors and subordinates? What do we expect of each other? From there, it is a short leap to introspection.

What does my work say about me? Is it true and square work? Can I see or feel the blemishes, or is it work I can be proud of?  And then the ultimate test for me, “What would my father have said to me after examining my work?” Like that craftsman who I am already judging by his lateness, we are also judged as Masons. Do we do true and square work, or can visitors see the flaws in our floor work or in our esoteric work? How do we conduct ourselves when no one is watching? How do we judge ourselves as Masons? This is not a comparative fraternity (I am better/worse than the next guy), but a fraternity built upon morals, taught through allegory. How many of you have learned the work to a point where you have incorporated its teachings in your daily life? The answer is most of you I am sure.

As we enter 2016, let us each endeavor to make ourselves and each other better men by adhering to the Masonic principles we have been taught and have embraced. As we go to press with this version of the Alpha, let us be mindful of our brethren now about to receive their 50 and 60-year Masonic Service Awards, and of their lives well spent. We are very proud of them.

Sincerely and Fraternally, Ron Adams
Worshipful Master 2015-2016 Holland Lodge # 1