“Being a good person is more than just ‘being good’, it is about focusing on what makes you good. Freemasonry encourages introspection and self-improvement.”
“Freemasonry is universal: you have brothers and friends all over the world, you just don’t know it yet.”
What Jack may lack in Masonic longevity and life-experience he more than makes up for in enthusiasm. Having joined the Brunswick United Lodge in only 2013, he has thrown himself wholeheartedly into the organisation; not only is he involved in charities, committees supporting the community, and the Blue Lounge Social Club, he is also the host of the first Masonic podcast in the Southern hemisphere on iTunes – “Brought To Light” – a program dedicated to Masonic education and an initiative he conceived himself.
This venture, his pride and joy, has international reach with over 6,000 listeners in Australia, the United States and Europe, a number that is growing every week. His audience are not just Masons either; Jack explained that many fans are members of the general public who have contacted him describing how much they get out of the show and how compelling it is to learn about Freemasonry from someone so steeped in its culture and traditions.
To those people, and others expressing an interest in joining the Freemasons, he suggests the following advice: ensure you join for the right reasons.
“Don’t join for business contacts or for the secrets of the universe, sadly we don’t have them,” he says, “do it to improve your moral character, to pursue a life that is meaningful, and to be part of a society that is committed to doing good”.
He considers himself to be part of the ‘new wave’ of younger Freemasons, a group that represents the exciting and boundless opportunities in the future of the society. While he loves to interact with other young people like him, he also has a great appreciation for the older Masonic brothers who have a wealth of knowledge to pass on. When asked to talk about the experience of being initiated into the Freemasons Jack described it as “forming a bond stronger than blood”. In a word, it was “transformative”.