The F-Word and The M-Word

by | Jun 1, 2018

No, this post isn’t prompted by the recent Roseanne or Samantha Bee language furor. These incidents only prompted me to write some thoughts swirling around in my head for a week or two caused by a Facebook friend request – by a Mason.

Several weeks ago, I received a friend request and as I always do before blindly accepting, did a small bit of research to see who this man is. Typically, I go to the person’s profile, look at some posts, look at those who have already become his friend and then make a judgment whether to accept or not.

This time I didn’t get past the cover photo on his page which displayed a meme that used the F-word about 5 or 6 times. Also, very prominent, was the square and compasses.

Several years ago, I encountered a profanity-laced, public rant by a man I knew to be a Mason. It disturbed me so that I sent him a private message reminding him of his obligations to maintain the character and dignity of the fraternity. His reply further shocked me as I was told by him to mind my own business and then questioned why I felt the need to even bring it up to him. When I replied that I was just providing “wise counsel” to a Brother, he indignantly questioned my use of the ritual to correct his foul language.

A 2016 survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 25% of the American public admits to daily use of the f-word, an increase of 10 points since a similar survey conducted in 2006. It also revealed that 34% of the people surveyed, admit using profanity in public sometimes.

Frankly, I can think of no justification for the use of the word. As a Mason, I can think of multiple reasons not to use it.

The one that comes to mind for me is the white, lambskin apron – a reminder of a “purity of life and rectitude of conduct” and “a never-ending argument for nobler deeds, for higher thoughts…”

How does the F-word achieve these aspirations? Simple, it doesn’t.

Have a Great Masonic Day!

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