About the Book

The Universal Craftsmen is a work consisting of a small group of incarcerated men, who by adopting the various principles of Freemasonry and Rosicrucian exercises, have committed themselves to the works of personal redevelopment and self-accountability. To "Educate and Instill the Virtues of Manhood Essential for Moral Redevelopment" is the grand aim we have in mind. Though we realize change and healing are all under the governing scopes of times, we have come to also realize that true remorse and penitence doesn't lie in mere words alone, nor does justice lay in the imposition of a lengthy incarceration sentence, wherein one waits for release in order to prove their reformational change to society, but rather it is in what one commits to doing here and now. Repentance is a work of the present that begins with a contrite heart, which in return actuates purposeful restoration and willing atonement. It is in this aspect that we seek not to evade accountability, nor remain content in waiting for tomorrow's release to institute and show what our hearts feel today. Therefore, the few men dedicated to these principles have sought to establish platforms in which the reflection of our penitence and works of moral reformation can be publicly viewed. This platform is composed of various literary and artistic works of its men in addressing both the challenges and advancements made in their moral redevelopment, this book being just one of many to follow. These works focus on the education and understanding of the Divine Law which regulates both the spiritual and material states of existences and have their further correlations to the inner and outer nature of man. The law's effectiveness to establish justice (that which is right, true, equitable and just) is only as effective as man's ability to uphold it. Therefore, if man is internally unjust, so will the performance and execution of his laws be also. Let's face it: Immorality wasn't birth in prisons, nor will it be eradicated by prisons. So, who were the incarcerated before being convicted ... exactly ... free citizens. Therefore, this attest to the crux of the problem not being a prison issue, but a humanity issue; an issue of immorality whose roots are deeply buried in the way we think, feel and subsequently act. The men of this work believe that, by recalibrating the scales of justice internally within the nature of ourselves first (the foundation works that supports all subsequent labors), that true and lasting change will then come to manifest outwardly. May the purchase and reading of this book serve to accomplish this in all those supportive in such labors.