One of the great things about Odd Fellows is that we are given instruction to take the positive approach to life: Friendship, Love and Truth are the most prominent of these admonitions we are given to experience in Odd Fellowship and to extend to the world.
It may seem like there is no access in Odd Fellowship to address the negative aspects of life in a way that gives us access to the positive. After all, it is because we must have an absence of light to know that there is light; we must be able to distinguish false from true.
Read More Blame and Shame -by Joseph Benton
Not to be confused with actively seeking help or assistance, we are taught that showing desperation as individuals will attract nothing good. If we are desperate for a date then we will attract the scumbags who see us as an easy score. If we are desperate for a job then we will only get the lowest offers possible.
Read More Beware of Do Nothings, “Nice Guys”, and other Low Hanging Fruit
Odd Fellows’ Code of Ethics By Louie Blake Sarmiento, M.A. Odd Fellows believe in a Supreme Being. They base their thoughts and actions on healthy philosophical principles. They know that life on earth is temporary. They are aware of the vanity of earthly things, the frailty and inevitable decay of human life and the fact […]
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(Italics, red letters, boldface is used by author of this post to HIGHLIGHT important parts of the code in this first section) From the IOOF Code of Laws: “Resolution No. 5 – 2017 – by unanimous consent – adopted Thursday the 24th August 2017 The Executive Committee of The Sovereign Grand Lodge moved the following, […]
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Frustration. It’s one of the key elements that can alert you to the fact that your needs aren’t being met. Have you become frustrated with your current lodge? Is the leadership not what you hoped for? Does the lodge leadership refuse to adapt to modern times, or to modernize? Is there so much infighting that […]
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Reading back issues of old Odd Fellows magazines from the early 19th century can result in a severe case of bulging eyes. Here’s an article from The Symbol and Odd Fellows Magazine, in 1843. See link below. A SUBSTITUTE FOR INTOXICATION There has been recently discovered in India, by accident in the first place we […]
Read More Odd Fellows and Reefer Madness in 1843
You have two eyes. Would you give one of your eyes so someone in a developing nation without sight could become seeing? You have two kidneys. Would you give one up so a stranger could live a longer life? What is it that drives some of us to look beyond our own interests and the […]
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