From the South

On the first weekend in May, I had the pleasure of attending the Wardens and Master retreat in Irvine California. Lots of information was dispensed and discussed by all the brothers who attended. As in all gatherings like this, there are one or two things that stand out. The one that stood out the most to me was a concept presented by our Grand Master who called it Civil Dialogue. This is something that we in our Lodge use all the time, but seems to be out of favor with rest of society at the present time. I believe that Civil Dialogue is the art of HEARING and LISTENING to all points of view in a civil and respectful manner. Too often in society courtesy and respect are drowned out by zealotry and fanaticism. How pleasant it is that we as Masons can come together and talk to each other in a respectful manner with no personal prejudices. It is this concept which allows us to flourish in an ever increasingly and seemingly polarized society. I hope that you will carry this concept into your daily lives and I think you will be surprised at how easy it will be to talk to other people.