It has long been known that in order to better
understand your work you must first know the
composition or meaning of the work being
done. The practice of this is nothing new or
eccentric but a common practice some of the
most successful men of the ages. Our Masonic
Brother Red Skelton knew this when he put
forth the breakdown of the Pledge of Allegiance
by his school’s principal.
I - me, an individual, a committee of one.
Pledge - dedicate all of my worldly goods to
give without self-pity.
Allegiance -my love and my devotion.
To the Flag - our standard, Old Glory, a symbol
of freedom. Wherever she waves, there's
respect because your loyalty has given her a
dignity that shouts freedom is everybody's job.
United - that means that we have all come
States - [of America] individual communities
that have united into 48 great states. 48
individual communities with pride and dignity
and purpose, all divided with imaginary
boundaries, yet united to a common purpose,
and that's love for country.
and to the Republic for Which It Stands.
Republic ... a state in which sovereign power is
invested in representatives chosen by the people
to govern. And government is the people and
it's from the people to the leaders, not from the
leaders to the people.
One Nation - One Nation ... meaning, so
blessed by God.
Indivisible - incapable of being divided.
With Liberty - which is freedom, the right of
power to live one's own life, without threats,
fear, or some sort of retaliation.
And Justice - the principle or qualities of
dealing fairly with others.
For All - For all ... which means, boys and girls,
it's as much your country as it is mine.
And now boys and girls let me hear you recite,
the Pledge of Allegiance." "I pledge allegiance
to the flag of the United States of America, and
to the republic for which it stands, one nation,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Since I was a small boy, two states have been
added to our country, and two words have been
added to the Pledge of Allegiance - "under
God." Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said,
"That is a prayer," and that would be eliminated
from schools, too?" -Red Skelton
Brethren understanding the meaning behind the
work is what drives the powerful nature of that
work, the beauty of which will surface when
performed with the same passion it was written.
Fraternally and sincerely,
WB Chris White
W.B. James P. Aglione Worshipful Master 2018