NOT AN AUTOCRAT

This should be required reading by every mason who aspires to be the Master of a Masonic Lodge.

“The Master of a Masonic Lodge is no more an autocrat than any other holder of delegated power. The Master is chosen by the members of his Lodge, but he gets his power from the constitution of the Grand Lodge and the laws and usages of the Fraternity. He is not only bound by these as fully as any other member but is under peculiar obligations to respect them because of his office. He cannot be installed without giving his assent to a number of propositions which a private member is required to agree to in detail. In Masonry every increase in power is accompanied with increased duties and wider obligations. It may flatter the vanity of some Masters to be looked on as autocrats, but the well-informed are aware that there are no autocrats in Masonry and that those who set themselves up as such are liable to come to grief, and that suddenly. The successful Master does not rule ‘by force and power’ but by affection and esteem, good will and courtesy. Thus he is able to rule ‘wisely and well and never in the cause of injustice or oppression.’ ” (copied from the Oklahoma Masonic Review dated 1960)