Brother Greg over at Masonic Traveler blog wrote recently of a Masonic statue atop what is now a bank building. He touched on how our heritage, the work of many Masons who preceded us, is being junked or sold off, and how the Fraternity itself is shrinking.
I left the following comment on his blog, and thought I'd share it here, too.
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I'm afraid with Masonry, more and more is going to slip away. Mainstream Masonry has many problems these days, as I'm sure you know.
We're daily trashed by wacko and rabid anti-Masons and conspiracy nuts, plus we've done quite a bit of damage to ourselves, having become in many places nothing much more than an "old men's doughnut and coffee club."
Young men have in general avoided becoming Masons, or fled soon after being Raised, having found nothing in the fraternity to hold their interest. Educated and professional men not only find nothing to interest them, they're often shunned by those less educated brothers who feel threatened by New Thought.
Inside the fraternity, the study of esoterica has been frowned upon. Focus is placed on learning and reciting ritual without attempting to understand its meaning, holding charity events, and slapping each other on the back.
Freemasonry is indeed at a crossroads; perhaps not the first one, but a crossroads nonetheless. Decisions made today, by each of us, will affect whether Freemasonry thrives or dies in the 21st Century.
The Burning Taper