Masonry and Manhood

A year ago I was initiated into Masonic Lodge # 34 in Spokane, Washington.

My life at my age has been full of new experience. That experience comes from exposure to a society not steeped in formalized religion upon which performance, business and a constant spiritual sauntering across a never ending public stage is no longer part and parcel of what it means to be spiritual, just and upright.

“In ordinary life, a mentor can guide a young man through various disciplines, helping to bring him out of boyhood into manhood; and that in turn is associated not with body building, but with building an emotional body capable of containing more than one sort of ecstasy.”
― Robert Bly, Iron John: A Book About Men

I seem to be learning by leaps and bounds, taught by men older than me, my age and younger than me. I have found a society that does not dwell on conversations in god-talk, or about trucks, girls, hunting, drinking and sports as the only thing honorable men can do.

Tis honorable to strive for and try to be something larger.


Author: Arthur Ruger

Married and in a wonderful relationship. Retired Social Worker, Veteran, writer, author, blogger, musician,. Lives in Coeur D' Alene, Idaho

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