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From the Master, Summer Solstice Anno Vo

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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Labor is the true currency of the realm. Maybe there are different ways to express the idea, but I chose this one.

Over the past couple of months we have witnessed two examples of beautifully coordinated cooperative efforts, nationally and internationally. I mean, of course, the annual Book Fair and the visit of Brother Lon Milo DuQuette. On the international plan, without going into too much detail, the fact that we were able to coordinate a series of events in 11 cities from 10 European countries, including Skopje is sufficient. To illustrate I would just mention a moment with an expensive flight from Krakow, which was subsidized by other Local Bodies of the Order involved in the organization.

Understandably, what concerns us most is primarily the national plan. My impression is that the preparations for these events allowed us the deepest insight so far into the actual conditions of the Order and its members in Macedonia. Personally, what I managed to conclude is that:

- the Secret Fire Oasis is a community of energetic and talented members of all ages who demonstrated their professional, creative and organizational skills in deed;
- our active membership consists of accomplished individuals who have successfully integrated themselves into society, each in their particular sphere of interest;
- higher degrees displayed solid leadership skills and in the future hopefully they will be willing to take on even greater obligations and responsibilities in service to the Order;
- we have proven enviable mutual harmony in the implementation of two relatively complex projects of national (and international) character and achieved unprecedented internal cohesion;
- new members were immediately welcomed and readily accepted, which is usually not experienced in narrow-interest groups of a relatively closed nature.

For the purpose of these events, but also because of the generally increased volume and intensity of the work done within the Body, we have introduced local dues. I think a brief reminder of the basics of free market economy will illustrate the idea which I want to convey most productively.

The first such basic is the fact that money does not make a society rich, nor does money as such create opportunities by itself. Rather, the ability of a society to create goods and services is what creates wealth, improves quality of life and, in our case, creates preconditions for increasing membership. This process is what gives money it's value, and not vice versa.

This is virtually a paraphrase of the first principle of Adam Smith, the father of political economy, illustrated in The Wealth of Nations: "The value of any commodity, therefore, to the person who possesses it … is equal to the quantity of labor which it enables him to purchase or command. Labor, therefore, is the real measure of the exchangeable value of all commodities."

Labor is the true currency of the realm.

The Order does not need too much money. The Order needs to be creative. Ultimately, this depends on the membership. As a Master of this Body I have given absolute freedom for creativity from the very outset and I am trying to focus all our efforts in that direction to this date. I am firmly convinced that the individual talents of our active members are the thing which will bring prosperity to the Oasis. It is the only resource that we can safely rely upon for the future.

Each of us possesses something to contribute and everyone is given equal opportunity to do so. And if you criticize someone's work, let it not be passive-aggressive, but rather go ahead and make the same work better. You have ambition? - It is meaningless without self-deprecating work. Labor is the true currency of the realm.

Love is the law, love under will.

Frater SiLVeSTeR

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