Monday, February 17, 2014

Rough Ashlar No. 12

Petty Sectarianism seems to be the keynote of many masons experiences of the Craft. Recently reading a discussion online by some otherwise intelligent masons, I was reminded just how shallowly the teachings of our craft have penetrated the psyches of some of our fellow masons.  They are quick to take exception to observations that might cause them some uncomfortable self reflection, but are oblivious to the disrespect that has become ingrained in their own assumptions about legitimacy.

The real purpose and message of Freemasonry has nothing to do with the petty political divisions invented by various Grand Lodges and Grand Orients around the world to cement and maintain authority. That is not Freemasonry.  There are fortunately, some people of vision who may lead the way to a more rational approach.  I hope they have enough influence.

Nobody is Clandestine. Do the Methodists define the status of Presbyterians, Baptists, Catholics, or Buddhists?  For all the talk of brotherhood in Freemasonry, it's greatest failing has been how much time and energy it wastes trying to define who is not entitled to be considered one.

For Freemasonry to be taken seriously again in the world, that has to change.

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