From the Master of Kadosh (September, 2015)

posted Dec 11, 2015, 11:12 AM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Mar 11, 2016, 3:37 PM ]

Greetings everyone!

It’s September and I again want to call your attention to an event we have coming up this month on September 12th, at 6:00 PM at Scottish Rite.  It’s a MURDER MYSTERY DINNER.  This is a ‘50’s theme so feel free to come in costume.  There’ll be an award for best costume.  Tickets are only $25.00 but must be purchased in advance.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  See the flier elsewhere in this newsletter for more details.  This should be a lot of fun and I hope to see all of you there! We’ll have a killer time! (Okay, okay…my humor is as bad as ever.)
Again I offer a bit of Masonic history/trivia for September.  On September 11th, 2000, the Grand Masters of the Grand Lodge of D.C. and the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of D.C. signed a ceremonial proclamation symbolizing their mutual recognition that had been voted on favorably by both Grand Lodges in 1999.  On September 12th, 1826, William Morgan, who had published an expose of Masonic secrets, was taken from the jail in Canandaigua, New York, kidnapped, and (possibly) later murdered.  This was the trigger for the Morgan Affair (mentioned last month) and the anti-masonic movement and Anti-masonic Party in the US from the 1820’s though the 1840’s.  On September 18th, 1793, the cornerstone of the United States Capitol building in Washing D.C. was laid in an elaborate, formal Masonic ceremony, with George Washington personally playing a key role and wearing Masonic regalia. And on September 26th, 1872, the Shrine of North America (AAONMS) was organized in New York City.  As before, there are other Masonic events of note that have happened in September but space limits what I can share.  I hope those just mentioned you find to be of interest.
As Scottish Rite Masons we endeavor to strive to be better.  In keeping with that, I want to share with you the following as food for thought:

The Triple Filter Test

Author Unknown
In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”
“Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say. That’s why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”
“Well, no,” the man said, “actually I just heard about it and…”
“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now, let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”
“Umm, no, on the contrary…”
“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about my friend, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left—the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”
“No, not really.”
“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true, nor good, nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”

Let us think before we speak.  Thomas Paine once said, “Character is much easier kept than recovered.”  Hope to see all of you at our Tuesday night meeting and dinner!

Bud Ramsey
Master of Kadosh