ITC 27 In The Chair Masonic Podcast: The Value of Freemasonry with Reuben Ayres
Today’s guest is once again Reuben Ayres, Provincial Grand Orator for the Province of Devonshire, and member of St George Lodge that meets in Exeter. Reuben was last on In The Chair on podcast 17 when we discussed the history of Freemasonry, and why it’s hard to go back to its root.
Today we talk about the value of Freemasonry, of course the first thing we realise it that the value of Freemasonry is different for everyone! This is partly because often a new member doesn’t really know all the details before they gone, so have a different expectations to the benefits of membership.
The immediate benefit people see are the social interactions Freemasonry leads to, but the historic and philosophical aspects are also of great interest to members once they start finding out more about the organisation.
Other benefits are of course learning the skills of learning words and presentation, which can often be applied outside the Lodge; from giving a presentation at work to a speech at a wedding.
The lessons that get taught in the Degree ceremonies provoke much thought, and rarely the lessons will be absorbed straight away; but they lead members to act as a better person throughout their life.
We also discuss that the lessons and values of Freemasonry are layered, and members are able to dig as deep into these values as suits them, with no pressure to delve as deep as others may do.
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