David Leon Hewitt, 32°
My feedback for the Master Craftsman: Ritual & History is somewhat paradoxical in that the only thing I would change is something that does not need to be
changed. Not only that, but I believe it to be crucial to the experience, and that is the mailing back and forth of the quizzes. Just
as mentioned in the current* Scottish Rite Journal, these quizzes
could easily be administered online providing instant feedback
and gratification. I am of the opinion though, that we need less
“instant” in our culture.
After the mailing and waiting on a few quizzes I began thinking
about some of the-subject matter of this course and how almost all
the correspondence between our past brothers took place this way,
and I dare say they waited longer than a few days or weeks for a
response. This no doubt affected their content and its seriousness.
It very well may be the biggest stretch of this century to compare
my receiving the next quiz to Albert Pike being replied to by Robert Gould from all the way across the ocean carried by countless
hands and horse, and written by oil lamp. However, I would be
hard pressed to find any other way to recreate even a degree of the
elation in opening your post to finding what you have been waiting
on and checking for daily, in our “modem” society.
So, whether intended or not, thank you all very much for the
little lesson in patience to go along with the enormous lessons
in the esoteric and exoteric aspects of our fraternity!
See “Mastering the Craft” in the January/February 2018 Scottish Rite Journal.
In 1888, Bro. Robert Freke Gould, PM of Quatuor Coronati
Lodge (above), corresponded with Ill. Albert Pike, 33°,
on the origins Masonic symbols. Such transoceanic
correspondence would have taken many weeks to arrive.