atomic physics is presented to illustrate how form and structure permeate the world of nature.For the Masonic educator, understanding what has been left out is as important ascomprehending what has been included. Of course, it is impossible for the instructor todevelop, in educational sessions, the considerations implied by the ritual just as it wasimpossible for the Masons who first formulated the present degree. The instructor, however,can open doors, as it were, which will allow the new Fellowcraft to glimpse the wide vistaswhich spread out on every side from this "middle degree."Despite its emphasis upon the academic, the Fellowcraft Degree. is a most human and closeto home experience. It is far from being cold and austere. As Masonic writers have oftenpointed out and as the lecture of the third degree makes manifest, our "middle degree" isconcerned with our "middle years" of manhood. The Middle Chamber as a goal, the flight of winding stairs as a way, and our manhood as the stakes, are united in a presentation whichhas to do with the maturing human being as seen through the history of civilized society ingeneral. It is obvious that we are not dealing with any particular chronological age when weconsider Masonic manhood, but rather the period in life when a man must come to grips withhuman existence its joys, wonders and its agonies. If a man is to reach the Middle Chamberhis youthful exuberance and his native ingenuity must pass between the Pillars of moralstrength and disciplined establishment.The Fellowcraft is a degree of passages. In fact, we might say that it is a celebration of the"rite of passage" both in terms of mankind and the individual. It is a degree poised on thewaterfords of human existence and decision. The wages of the Mason the symbolic corn,wineand oil await, but they shall be given only to the man whose intellectual awakening isoriented by the Cardinal Virtues and whose skills are dedicated to the well being of others.The rewards of health, peace and plenty are available for the human being who has foundsolid significance within himself and within his relationship toward the world and towardmankind.We need go no further to underscore the importance of the quest for Masonic manhood, be itfor the individual or for the well being of the Craft. It is equally obvious that the "middledegree" makes meaningful the God centered, moral lessons of the Entered Apprentice Degreewhile preparing the way to the significance of the Master Mason Degree. Any educationalassistance which renders these points clearer to the new Mason are worth our effort and ourcareful planning.