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Emessay Notes April 2002

Masonic Medical Research Lab

When Vice President Dick Cheney was experiencing heart problems last year the White House sought out Douglas P. Zipes, M.D., a nationally known cardiologist who is a Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and the Krannert Institute of Cardiology. Dr. Zipes is also President of the American College of Cardiology and one of the world's leading authorities on implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). Zipes trained as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory (Utica, NY) under Gordon K. Moe, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Research at the time. Dr. Moe was an expert in cardiac arrhythmias and was considered a world authority on the subject by his peers. Dr. Moe established the basis for understanding the mechanism of fibrillation, a type of arrhythmia that can lead to death within minutes and is common in heart attack patients. It was just one of many pioneering findings attributed to him. His research provided the basic theory about fibrillatory waves that years later facilitated the development of a number of devices including the automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator or ICD; the same device implanted in the Vice President of the United States. 

(Source: MMRL Update, Winter Issue-2002)

The Mason-at-Sight Program

Charles L. Stuckey, GM, Oklahoma, has announced a program by which men can join the Fraternity, taking all three Degrees in a single day---if they are the sons, the grandsons, the fathers, or the grandfathers of an Oklahoma Master Mason. On July 27, 2002 the Grand Master, assisted by the Grand Lecturer and Deputy Grand Lecturers, will make Masons-at-Sight of candidates who have been elected by their Lodges to receive the Degrees. The location will be announced later. The Ancient Landmarks-the oldest law in Masonry which is held to apply to all Masonic bodies everywhere-give the Grand Master of a Jurisdiction the power to make a Mason-at-Sight. While the process varies somewhat from state to state and from nation to nation, essentially the candidate receives all three Degrees of Freemasonry in the same day, without doing the memory work for the first two Degrees. Tens of thousands of men were made Masons-at-Sight during WWII and the Korean War, but its use is not limited to wartime. Such a Brother is a full Mason in every sense of the word. For more information on this exciting program, please contact the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma, PO Box 1019, Guthrie, OK 73044.

An American

Richard Bateman, Assistant Grand Secretary, Grand Lodge of New York, sent MSA a copy of the following e-mail. The author is said to be "a dentist in Australia". At the moment the author is unknown but if he or she can be identified we will give proper credit in a future issue of Emessay Notes. This letter helps us to understand how to identify "An American".

"You probably missed it in the rush of news last week, but there was actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American. So I just thought I would write to let them know what an American is, so they would know when they found one.

An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani, or Afghan. An American may also be a Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache,or one of the many other tribes known as Native Americans.

An American is Christian, or Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim. In fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan. The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as each chooses. An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he or she will answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.

An American is from the most prosperous land in the history of the world. The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence, which recognizes the God given right of each man and woman to the pursuit of happiness.

An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need. When Afghanistan was overrun by the Soviet army 20 years ago, Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their country. As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than other nation to the poor in Afghanistan.

Americans welcome the best, but they also welcome the least. A national symbol of America welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless, tempest tossed. These in fact are the people who built America. Some of them were working in the Twin Towers on the morning of September 11, earning a better life for their families. (I've been told that the people in the Towers were from at least 30, and maybe more, different countries, cultures, and first languages, including those that aided and abetted the terrorists.)

So you can try to kill an American if you must. Hitler did. So did General Tojo, and Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung, and many other bloodthirsty tyrants. But, in doing so you would just be killing yourself. Because Americans are not one particular people from one particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom.

Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, is an American.

So look around you. You man find more Americans in your land that you thought were there. One day they will rise up and overthrow the old, ignorant, tired tyrants that trouble too many lands. Then those lands, too, will join the community of free and prosperous nations. And America will welcome them!

(Web Note: See August 2002 Emessary for information about the author. )

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