Worshipful Master's Message April 2017

My Dear Brethren,

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." As we process the normal operations of the various challenges each of us faces, we cannot allow ourselves to part company with our psyche.  With the advances in technology and informational exchanges, we have become increasingly dependent on the gadgetry we created to make our lives easier and more productive. Currently, the average person being will spend a total of 4 years of life on a telephone, computer and/or tablet for just social media alone.  As a result, studies show that the outcome of this is a marked reduction in the attention span to less than 1 second - which is less than that of a common goldfish.

This shocking conclusion, though hard to believe, raises certain questions about our use of our most precious of resources. Imagine for a moment how often you wished for more time with a lost loved one, or having more time to prepare for an important event.  Time is given once and it can never be borrowed nor taken back.  We must examine ourselves constantly and remain aware of who we are and who we are becoming.

With time and persistent effort, we are each capable of producing greatness. But, many of us tend to discharge our passions with fear and doubt.   About 85% of us allow the “fear of failure” to outweigh the desire for success.  Psychologist and humanitarian activists credit this fear to the descending lack of human intimacy. In closing, I hope this message reminds you to examine your daily habits, thoughts and actions. As Socrates said "The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Sincerely & Most Fraternally

Nicholas B. Di Dolce ∴
Worshipful Master