A Confederate General in D.C.
There is only one statue of anyone who was a Confederate Civil War General located in the capital of the United States of America that I know of. However the writer and attorney Albert Pike stands tall in Washington, D.C. depicted as a Masonic scholar and not a Confederate Brigadier General. Pike refused to pay his Harvard tuition after two years at that institution and therefore was mostly self-educated. Pike never took a class at a law school. He read law books, worked for and studied with an attorney and then passed the bar in Arkansas. Pike was a blue-blood born in Boston, Massachusetts, died in Washington, D.C. and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in the Georgetown neighborhood of our great nation’s capital. Oddly enough it was Pike’s affinity for and connection to the Indian Nations as a peace negotiator that led him to his impromptu military career which he abandoned almost as quickly as he picked it up. Gen. Pike abruptly resigned his military command rather than betray his beloved Cherokee Indians. General Pike was a successful man who knew how to connect with something greater than himself. The great man just happened to be living in Arkansas negotiating peace treaties for Indians when the Civil War broke out. Albert Pike never owned any slaves.
Albert Pike Was a Temple Builder
Albert Pike was a creator who knew how to connect with the light of metaphorical Temple Building. Are you a creator connected to the universal or do you aspire to be? There is a correct way and an incorrect way to build your sacred body temple. Today Albert Pike is best known as a Masonic writer and his most famous book is an 800 page compilation titled: Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
I got jumped into the Freemasons just like black kids in the ghetto get jumped into the Crips or Bloods. It all depends on what street you grow up on. If you are Scottish or if you even have a Scottish last name you are already a Freemason. My last name is McAdams and that is Scottish and so people who know about such things often remark: “I see your name is McAdams, you must be a Freemason, Scottish Rite or maybe even a high ranking Illuminati?” If you are a McAdams you may be born a Freemason, however you still must be initiated into a Lodge of The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in order to become a Master Freemason.
Operative vs. Speculative Masonry
One of my few regrets in life is that I did not at least learn the craft of operative masonry from my father. An operative mason is a real stonemason who actually mixes mortar, sets a plumb line and then lays brick and builds walls and temples. A speculative mason sits in his ivory tower writing blogs and practicing yoga. My father was a highly skilled bricklayer whose undergraduate degree was in mathematics. My dad would have made both a great operative and speculative Master Mason. My dad was not a joiner. I am a serial joiner. I either join or at least try to join everything.
Not a Great Big Secret Anymore
When he was well into his middle-age Sir Winston Churchill took up operative masonry just as a hobby. Churchill was like Pike, these men were doers. Was Mr. Churchill also initiated as an Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft or Master Mason? Yes, Brother Churchill was a Master Mason. In the past it was a secret even to tell people you were a Freemason. Not even Pete Townsend of the rock band The Who knew that his bass player John Entwhistle was a Freemason until after Entwhistle died. Now it is no longer a secret just to tell people that you are a Freemason. Freemasons are only going public these days because the craft needs to promote itself to younger generations of men of high character. Today Freemasonry and secret knowledge are out of style with the trend seeking masses. There is an entire body of Masonic secrets that you must be initiated into in order to have the right to call yourself a Master Mason. But once you are a Master Mason you are on a level with Albert Pike and a dozen or so U.S. Presidents including FDR.