"How to Save Freemasonry"
This was posted on a blog a while back. I enjoyed reading it so I copied it to my computer for later reference. It has since come down.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
How To Save Freemasonry
I read a lot of blogs, articles and books on Freemasonry. Isee brothers concerned with the state of Freemasonry. Some are concerned withquantity and some are concerned with quality. Both groups are only trying to dowhat they feel is best. On one end, you have the ďmason in a dayĒ approach andon the other end you have the Traditional Observance Lodge movement. There arealso some of us, probably most of us, who like the materials we have been givenby our Grand Lodges and just want our brothers to use them. Just use them.Thatís all. Get rid of the short forms, only do one degree per man at a time,enforce memory work and have a list of articles from the Grand Lodge to be readat each meeting on the hidden mysteries of Freemasonry and thatís it. No needto start new lodges. Just make sure the ritual is spot on. Put more Masonry inMasons. If this plan is adopted and enforced by the Grand Lodges, we willmaintain unity and quality ANDÖI think we willstart to see some numbers again.
My generation wants the old school brotherhood, the fun and the fraternity. We also want the esoteric stuff. We want to earn it. We want the rituals. We want the Jedi, the Hogwarts. There is no need for a new book or anything fancy. Just put what I have suggested into motion and viola, our Craftis back on track. It has to start at the top and from the grassroots.
Young Freemasons have to do their part. Hang in there with your lodge. Donít start a new one. Start living these reforms. Be patient and loving to your older brothers. Show some respect. They kept it alive this long when our fathers wouldnít join. Eventually, we will be Freemasonry.
STAY in your blue lodge. NEVER leave. Only join an appendant body if you can commit to both. I fully intend to join the Scottish Rite someday when I can, but not until then. Freemasonry IS the three degrees. You have it all in the Blue Lodge. However, the York Rite and Scottish Rite are interesting and valuable ways to pursue further light. They are also part of our tradition since almost the very beginning. I think another rule all the Grand Lodges should pass is that no one can join these groups until they have been a Master Mason for over a year or so and have attended every meeting and degree for that year.
You could skip the appendant bodies and just get a stack of books. That is what the Master Mason degree preps you for: being a mystic, a seeker of wisdom. You donít need anything beyond it. Read what Christopher Hodap says about "The Lost Word" in his book, "Deciphering the Lost Symbol". Don't be like Malakh. Read Robert Cooper and David Stevenson. Read "Observing the Craft" by Andrew Hammer.
However, I do think you can learn things in the other rites AND they are a big part of our tradition. So do them if you can. I am going to. Just know you donít have to do them to be complete. You need internet access and a stack of books. However, I appreciate them so I plan on supporting them.I only say what I have said to help the Master Mason out there who might feel like he is missing something . YOU ARENíT. Read the books I have suggested.
These are my ideas to help the Blue Lodge. Gentlemen, we areat a crossroads. We are headed for a mass extinction soon. Most Freemasons are OLD and when they all die soon in the next ten years, all that will be left will be myself and about 400,000 other whippersnappers. The Traditional Observance Lodge may very well take over what is left at that point. Who knows. If that happens, so be it. I will sign up. If we act now, I think we can still do quite a bit to preserve what we have and make it better. We all need to makesome improvements. You young men need to step up and start giving these oldbrothers a day off. I think my ideas are simple, do-able and will help maintain tradition while attracting younger men.
You might be saying, well young man, just who the hell do you think you are? I get that, but here is the kicker: I am the future of this beloved fraternity you preserved for me and I THANK YOU SO MUCH. I just want to keep it in top form and pass it on to another generation like you did for me. I hope you hear my heart. I love Freemasonry and all itís traditions. I want it to survive and thrive. I like the esoteric stuff AND I like the good ole boys and charities too. Remember, our ritual was written bya man in his twenties. And Albert Pike rebuilt the Scottish Rite from the ground up, using many of his opinions and great ideas. We can have it all mybrothers. Letís do this.
GT Freemasons #273
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