The ignorant Freemason is a drone and an encumbrance in the Order.
He who does not study the nature, the design, the history and character of the Institution, but from the hour of his initiation neither gives nor receives any ideas that could not be shared by a profane, is of no more advantage to Freemasonry than Freemasonry is to him.
The true Freemason seeks light that darkness may be dispelled, and knowledge that ignorance may be removed.
The ignorant aspirant, no matter how loudly he may have asked for light, is still a blind grouper in the dark.
— Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry