Anyway, I think that they are obliged to do so. Being proud and happy with what they have experienced before is what they consider highlights of their life, their treasure for ever. That is why each batch will do their best to be better than the others…“Pagalingan na lang tayo!” can be their motto. So far, I could not see any negative about that scenario. But what if in a DeMolay Chapter, will it have the same outcome?
Others may think this kind of topic is not a big deal, but don’t you think simple conflicts could easily lead to a complicated relationship if it will not be resolved?
I think I have to share this short short (not a true to life) story, for us not to commit a mistake others may have done in the future…
One time, a senior brod (SB) met three or four active brods (AB) of his chapter…since the SB have been inactive to the chapter for several years, he is very happy and enthusiastic meeting the brods and share his life when he is still an active DeMolay. After, that SB left. And I noticed one of the AB that he is “asar” to the Seniors who boast with their past, “kung gusto niya magkwento-ng-magkwento about it, he should talk to his fellow Seniors…”
After that, I do really feel disappointed and pity what he just said. Basically brethren, when you reach majority, all the privilege of an active DeMolay will diminish. And what we Senior DeMolays can only do is to share our ups and downs, our experiences when we are still in the Chapter rooms… when we are still performing our Ritual works, when we are still maintaining the standards of the Order, for it will be the source of knowledge of the next generation.
I could still remember what Dad Jojo Javier told us, (the Speaker of one of the Seminars conducted by our Chapter – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, correct me if I’m wrong - I think it was 1997, alam niyo ito!) that as a person we should react proactively to circumstances we might encounter in our lives… (Actually that is not what he exactly told us, pero yun yung essence ng message.)
Going back to the given situation that a person always has two choices, and it is his own discretion if he will choose the right or wrong. But don’t you think, as a DeMolay, we should always look for the right decision? I think we should not get “asar” with our Seniors, but be more proud and privilege to entertain them, and hear what they have been doing in the early years of our DeMolay Chapter. Magkakapatid tayo! At dapat hindi iba ang trato natin sa isa’t-isa.
Active DeMolays may also experience when we commit mistakes…Seniors would say “Kami noon ganito…blah blah blah, etc!” Minsan pang-asar hindi ba? Nagkamali ka na lahat, may kasama pang sermon. Again, this is part of the training in our Organization, that this kind of challenges should not be disregarded; if you fail now, try it again and again. And don’t FEAR what others may tell to you, it is because we are brothers by Obligation and Fate that makes the Seniors and Dad Advisors constantly reminding us of what mistakes committed - it should not be repeated again, because their concern is our greater improvement in life.
So what do you think, do discrimination in "generation" exist in a DeMolay Chapter? Or, it is simply juz a misunderstanding of what these seniors wanted the active to realize...to continue to achive what we call a greater improvement of oneself? You decide po...
“Look always to the brighter side of each contradictions of Life…it will help you to be stronger and vigilant to face and solve every trials you will encounter!”
“Have fun while still young! DeMolay is truly a good teacher for us young leaders of tomorrow!”
Bro. Willardo “Ilad” S. Remo Jr.