The Abyss of Masonry

photo of shriner walking up masonic stairs

The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

Growing up in the 1950s life was certainly different than today,  as a child, I had much more freedom than the kids of today.

We weren’t continuously watched over every minute of the day, the same dangers were there for kids as in the current time, but parents were more likely to let their kids roam the neighborhoods without fear of them getting into harm, and if they acquired a skinned up knee, the knee would heal, it was just a battle scar of growing up.

No worries.

I received a bike at a very early age, I was barely tall enough to reach the pedals, but that didn’t stop me from riding on the gravel road in front of the farm where I grew up.

As I grew braver, taller, and more adventuresome. my riding range expanded and soon I could be seen riding my bike a couple of miles from home.

Soon I was able to ride  a couple of miles to the only asphalt road in the area, what a treat to rid on a smooth surface and not have to worry about the larger stones in the gravel  road creating havoc with my diving abilities.

While riding on this black top road one hot summer day, I noticed a small hole in the pavement.  The freezing and thawing from winter to summer would cause the asphalt to expand and shrink, thus sometimes holes or bulges would appear in the surface of the road.

Stopping my bike , I ventured over to peer into the hole, my imagination began to run wild, the cavern seemed endless.  Things often appear larger to a child’s mind than to an adult.

Although the hole was only a few inches deep, I could only imagine what lie at the bottom of that endless pit. I couldn’t even imagine what may lie at the bottom of that bottomless abyss.

I have found the same to be true in Masonry.

As we study masonry and dive deeper and deeper into the ancient mysteries, it is hard to imagine the mystery every ending, if it does indeed end. 

We seem to uncover one truth, and that discovery just raises more and more questions. 

Does it ever end? 

It never ends. Just like life, our quest for truth is endless and eternal.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,


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