Our Naked Shivering Nature
Brian E. Denton

Generally the above is good advice, but I might quibble somewhat over the instructions that accompanied the trowel.

When he had lain there some time, he was told to get up, and a white leather apron, such as the others wore, was put on him: he was given a trowel and three pairs of gloves, and then the Grand Master addressed him. He told him that he should try to do nothing to stain the whiteness of that apron, which symbolized strength and purity; then of the unexplained trowel, he told him to toil with it to cleanse his own heart from vice, and indulgently to smooth with it the heart of his neighbor.

It’s one thing to seek one’s own self-improvement, but another entirely to seek out someone else’s.

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