â€œIntellect is to the people and the peopleâ€™s Force, what the slender needle of the compass is to the ship â€“ its soul, always counselling the huge mass of wood and iron, and always pointing to the north.â€Albert Pike
When I think about who I surround myself with, I imagine being on a ship in the middle of sea. Everyone one on the ship must be caring, reliable, trust worthy, and understanding; like a brother. They must be willing to step up and take care of the ship, everyone else, and, at times, me.
Being a member of The Patriot Lodge has filled my ship with true brothers. Each one of us has a task and we all stand together. I strive to be a better man when I am with them, and I know they do the same. To me this is what the Lodge is, it is surrounding myself with good men that help me navigate the deep blue sea.
Guy Barnes affiliated with The Patriot Lodge after he enrolled at GMU, having served as a combat infantryman in Iraq. He went on to study international relations with a specialty in the Middle East and a sub-specialty in tribal relations at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland.