Degree XIX — Questions


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Degree XIX Lecture
The Law of Growth


"To sow, that others may reap; to work and plant for those that are to occupy the earth when we are dead; to project our influences far into the future and live beyond our time; to rule as the Kings of Thought over men who are yet unborn; to bless with the glorious gifts of Truth and Light and Liberty those who will neither know the name of the giver nor care in what grave his unregarded ashes repose, is the true office of a Mason and the proudest destiny of a man." — Albert Pike

1. "The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones." — Shakespeare

How do you hope to be remembered by future generations of mankind? How can you try to ensure that your influence, however great or small, will be for good rather than evil?

2. The temple built by Solomon has disappeared without trace, and Solomon himself in later life failed to live up to his earlier principles. Yet the Order he founded lives on to this day in one form or another. What conclusions can you draw from Solomon's example?

3. In the light of the section headed "Slow — But Steady!", discuss the proposition that the emphasis in child education should be placed upon inculcating eternal creative principles rather than on technical preparation for short-term employment as a "wage slave" or "profiteer".

4. "We build slowly and destroy swiftly." — Albert Pike

A century and a half has passed since Pike penned these words. Comment on the extent to which world events during that time bear out the truth of his statement. What are the implications for your own time and country?

5. Can the tomb of President Washington at Mount Vernon still be considered "...the Mecca, and the Potomac the highway, of the Pilgrims of Freedom"? Is it true that Washington's influences still "determine its [US] foreign policy, and sanction or condemn its diplomacy and legislation"? If so, why? If not, why not?

6. Pike counsels patient tolerance as the best course for mankind. Do you agree with him? Consider whether there is anything to be said for the adoption of militaristic means on any scale for the imposition on other people of any narrowly dogmatic religion, philosophy, code of ethics, or definition of "rights".