YABUTS are monstrous
little beasts that inhabit the meetings and conversations that take place all
over our Fraternity. A YABUT'S purpose in life is to sap a
team of its competitive strength by killing any new ideas or creative
approaches as soon as they are suggested.
They do this by grabbing someone's tongue and making them
say things like:
"YABUT" we tried that
three years ago.
"YABUT" we've never
done it like that before.
"YABUT" Grand Lodge
will never go along with it.
"YABUT" the members
will never buy into that kind of idea
"YABUT" they [the
ubiquitous "they" who control the world] won't let us.
"YABUT" it might not
"YABUT" I think it
says in the Book of Constitution and /or the Bylaws we should do it this way.
Be aware that when they crawl onto the table during a
meeting or swoop down into a Lodge room conversation, those "YABUTS"
sometimes don't look monstrous at all. Often, they adopt the appearance of a
cute, cuddly, perfectly acceptable, or even helpful contribution to the
But If "YABUTS" are not recognized and
stomped out right away, they usually succeed in their deadly, negative
missions. The flow of ideas soon changes from: "This is how we can make it
work." To "How can we make it work?" and all the reasons it won't work, and
therefore, it isn't worth trying.