Masonry" by Dewey Wollstein -1953
We must ever keep in mind the fact that the strength of Masonry is in the
ideal of Universality. It has never offered a prescribed religion, but has
forever offered the inspiration for the individual Mason to grow in his
The instant there is a monopolistic trend to distribute religion to men,
ignoring their private and personal beliefs, the system then becomes the
master of the man and is a danger to society. The individual is submerged and
no longer is a seeker of Light.
On the other hand, when an institution gives proper emphasis to Spiritual
Enlightenment in relation to Intellectual Development, the individual stands
as "the image of his Creator," not bound by dogma or edict, and free
to develop spiritually and mentally, unhampered by a mighty pre-fabricated
The strength of Masonry is in the tolerance and understanding of those of many
beliefs who unite in Love, the pinnacle of all religions.
The proper relation between Spiritual Growth and Mental Development is the
balance wheel of Masonry.
The highest good of all religions (and here is the common ground upon which
Masons meet), is determined by the degree to which we recognize the same
ingredients of love, of unselfishness, of service to humanity, in our
brother's religion, as we claim for our own.
There is a fine distinction between a Landmark and a Wall.