Freemasonry constantly invites us to work on us as human beings. Freemasonry is all about “making better men out of good men.” Freemasonry, however, is not something anchored in the future. Something just for the morning. But Freemasonry is something that focuses on the current moment, on the here and now. In Freemasonry, no one will be told ‘learn this and that and you will become a better person’.
But Freemasonry invites us to be the best person we can be. Now. She doesn’t expect us to be any more. That we make bonds from the future. But only that we are the best person we can be now. Which already implies the development idea just described. Because no one will seriously claim to be perfect. No mistakes to make.
We all make mistakes. And we regret some of these mistakes in retrospect and, hopefully, we can learn from them. Now. For the present moment.
But feelings of guilt, such as having made the mistake, are crippling. They prevent and to live in the here and now. To be the best person we can be now in the here and now. Because they hold us in the past that cannot be changed. This obscures our clear view of the present moment.
This also applies to the errors of others:
Being completely free means being able to forgive.
Both himself and others.
In Psalm 25, paragraph 7, this is expressed in an increased form.
By addressing this ‘hope for forgiveness’ as a prayer to God:
‘Do not remember the sins of my youth and my transgressions, but remember me according to your mercy, Yahweh, for your goodness.’
Freemasonry allows and expects us: others AND forgive ourselves. Kind, merciful, benevolent. To be FREE in the here and now, in the present moment.
But forgiving oneanother and others does not mean arrogantly ignoring one’s own mistakes or accepting mistakes as part of one’s own personality.
With such a blind spot, we certainly wouldn’t be the best person we could be.