By JOSEPH E. WELLS, 32°
As a young man growing up in a rural community I noticed something that most of the
outstanding and respected men of
the community had in common ...
a “Masonic Ring”. I noticed it on the
mail carrier, the operator of the road
scraper, mayor, and post master to
name a few. One of the best decisions
of my life was to inquire about the
“Masonic Ring” and what was its
meaning for my rural mail carrier.
In short it was an organization
whose purpose was to “Make Good
Men Better Men”. Thus, began my
Masonic Journey many years ago.
Today, as an old man I look back
and reflect on my journey and ask
myself, “Have I represented Masonry
like the respected men of my community?” Have I lived by the lessons
of Masonry? Have I made a favorable
impression for the right reasons on
someone like they did to me?
The lessons presented in each of
the three Blue Lodge degrees were to
me intended to layout an outline or
syllabus by which to live my life. The
real benefit of these lessons were not
to be hidden away inside me but to
be demonstrated to everyone I came
in contact with.
First and foremost is my belief in
God and my complete devotion to
him and to be a disciple to spread
His Word. I’d become an active
member of my Church serving in
various capacities. I’d been blessed
with a wonderful profession which
enabled me to support not only my
Church but also my family, not only
providing for them while here on
earth but also making provisions
for their welfare after I’m gone. I’m
also providing charitable donations
to those less fortunate than me in
my community and in undeveloped
countries abroad. To my neighbor
in not only acting upon the square
and doing unto him as I wished he’d
do unto me but also when necessary
being charitable in the forgiveness of
the faults of others. To my country
in being a quiet and peaceful subject.
To serve my country when necessary
to defend our freedoms.
Scottish Rite Masonry opened
my eyes to discover my “true self”
not from an external but from a
spiritual perspective within my soul.
On reexamining myself, I had been
something of a promoter of myself.
I had been portraying a picture
of how I wanted others to see and
think about me. I was promoting the
I discovered that being a Mason
didn’t make me immune to the
frailties of human nature. If it looked
good on the surface, I was doing the
right thing. I was the only one that
could really discover my “true motives” and “true self” before I could
truly “practice what I preached” as
the old saying goes.
Each Degree of the Scottish Rite
put in me a fire, a hunger, a thirst,
a desire for more “light” ... always,
pointing me back to restudy, relearn,
and reapply the real embedded lessons of the three Blue Lodge degrees.
Therein, to me lay the real lessons on
how to represent Masonry or Scottish Rite Masonry (which to me are
same). I needed to continue doing
the same things in my life as above
but with this major difference “to
walk the walk and talk the talk.” •
Editor’s Note: This essay was submitted
by Bro. Wells as part of the Master
THOUGHTS INSPIRED BY THE
31°, INSPECTOR INQUISITOR
“I look back and reflect on my
journey and ask myself, : Have I
represented Masonry like the
respected men of my community?”