The following is guest commentary by long-time reader and Freemason known as Diogenes.
Perhaps this might be a good time to mention that in the immediate future, many brethren and others in the Texas Gulf Coastal region will be in extreme distress [during and after the landfall of Hurricane Ike]. Some will probably lose their lives, while many others will probably lose their homes and jobs.
It seems to me that it would be prudent to acknowledge the pending disaster, and begin gearing up to assist with the relief efforts. Particularly if I was a Mason in Texas, or an officer of the Grand Lodge of Texas, I'd already be soliciting donations and raising funds to assist in any way possible, and I'd be organizing teams of volunteers to assist with rescue, recovery, and relief efforts, etc.
Hurricanes don't strike unexpectedly like earthquakes and many other natural disasters. There's always a warning of several days, and that should give people an opportunity to prepare.
Why not take advantage of that opportunity to "aid and assist" fellow Masons, fellow Americans, and fellow human beings in a time of crisis?
Indeed, what practical benefit is any "philanthropic" organization that fails to recognize such pending disasters, and attempt to assuage the resultant suffering?
Image: Hurricane Ike, Friday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2008
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