Diveristy in Friendship
by Antone R.E. Pierucci
For Jorge Tarraso, Masonry runs in the family, although at first, the behavioral economist didn’t know anything about his family connections to Freemasonry. Now that he’s a member, though, the 33-year-old is discovering just how deep his Masonic connections really run.
California Freemason: It turns out you have a really interesting link to Masonry. How did you find out about that?
Jorge Tarraso: I honestly didn’t know a thing about it until I approached the fraternity. When I was considering applying for the degrees with Santa Monica-Palisades, I had a conversation with my mother. That was the first time I learned she had been an active member in a co-Masonic lodge in Mexico City. I also found out that my great-great-uncle was a 33˚ Mason with the Scottish Rite in Mexico. He was an interesting guy—he was a surgeon and traumatologist.
CFM: If it wasn’t your family history, what brought you to the fraternity?
JT: I’m a very social person. And when my PhD program was coming to a close, many of my friends were moving away to pursue their careers. I knew Masonry would provide me with a good group of people to socialize with and hopefully provide some lifelong friendships. I’m also really interested in the journey of the self and the quest for meaning. I wanted to experience that in an organization I saw as standing the test of time.
CFM: What are the biggest differences between Masonry in the United States and Mexico?
JT: In Mexico, members don’t openly display their membership. You don’t see Masonic rings or insignias or that sort of thing. I think the general complexity of Mexico’s religious, economic, and political cultures contributes to that secrecy.
CFM: In hindsight, do you see ways in which your mother instilled Masonic values in you?
JT: The principles of the fraternity definitely resonate in me and in the ideas I was raised with: structure, fraternity, freedom. Especially freedom. That’s an idea I have pursued in my personal and professional life for as long as I can remember.
CFM: Are you interested in someday visiting Masonic lodges in Mexico?
JT: Yes, absolutely. I’m very excited by the idea of being able to experience Masonic cultures around the world. I like that Masonry is organized just enough to create commonalities among all members, no matter their geography, but also decentralized enough to allow for unique differences among its subsets. That part of Masonry really interests me.
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