Bro. Tom Accuosti has written a terrific article on his blog Tao of Masonry titled "Guarding the West Gate." It's one of the best articles I've seen on a Masonic blog, ever, on any Masonic subject.
The concern that I've been hearing a lot recently is that we, as a fraternity, are failing to guard the West Gate. The implication seems to be that we, as a fraternity, are no longer attracting "the greatest and best of men" and are instead happy to settle for those who think little of our historic and fraternal culture, that we are on a mad rush toward mediocrity....Read the entire article.
The Craft is no more in danger from within than it was 200 years ago, because we are not attracting people who are any different than those of 200 years ago. No, the admonishments of our obligations are there precisely because the early founders knew that the West Gate would never be perfectly guarded, that some men would be overcome by their passions, and that human nature will sometimes overshadow the moral virtues that we try to emulate.
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