Pike narrows his thoughts on science, when he wrote, “Let him who sees in great calamities the hand of God, be silent, and fear His judgments.” And my favorite quote from today’s lesson, “Forgiveness is wiser than revenge,‘ our Freemasonry teaches us, ‘and it is better to love than to hate.'” Wise words indeed:
But we should be slow to make inferences from our petty human logic to the ethics of the Almighty. Whatever the cruelty of the slave-trade, or the severity of slavery on the continents or islands of America, we should still, in regard to its supposed consequences, be wiser, perhaps, to say with that great and simple Casuist Who gave the world the Christian religion: “Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans because they suffered such things? or those eighteen upon whom the tower of Siloam fell and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all the men that dwelt in Jerusalem?”
Retribution bars retaliation, even in words. A city shattered, burned, destroyed, desolate, a land wasted, humiliated, made a desert and a wilderness, or wearing the thorny crown of humiliation and subjugation, is invested with the sacred prerogatives and immunities of the dead. The base human revenge of exultation at its fall and ruin should shrink back abashed in the presence of the infinite Divine chastisement. “Forgiveness is wiser than revenge,” our Freemasonry teaches us, “and it is better to love than to hate.” Let him who sees in great calamities the hand of God, be silent, and fear His judgments (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1871, p. 812-813).
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