“Palliate” is a word that probably never comes up in polite conversation. Maybe amongst medical professionals who discuss relief of symptoms without achieving a cure of the illness.
But within the context of instruction to a Mason in the middle of his journey, ‘palliate’ has a different meaning. As he receives instruction about our laws and regulations, he is directed how to address errors. Once a mistake is recognized, it is not to be disguised or covered up or excused.
Instead the initiate is reminded to use candor, friendship, and mercy, to bring about a satisfactory resolution.
The conclusion is one of Brotherly Love.