A Good Man Better

The Worshipful Master asked a lodge of Entered Apprentices, “What is the purpose of Masonry?

One of the EAs stood and said, “To make a good man better, Worshipful Master.”

Just then an old Master Mason sat up in his chair, looking around with a painful expression on his face, and asked, “What is that infernal noise???”

The Worshipful Master ignored him and asked the EA, “What, then, is a ‘good man’ and how do we make him ‘better’?”

The EA thought for a second and then began, “Well, a good man is one who…”

Before the EA could finish the old Master Mason suddenly jumped from his seat, covering his ears, and headed for the door shouting, “Oh no! Oh no! It’s the gates of Hell opening right here and now!”