Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rough Ashlar No. 16

My view, which is admittedly not popular among much of the rank and file of Freemasonry in general today, is that the history of Freemasonry was highjacked by the Grand Lodges. If one was guilty of starting the trend, it was taken up on all sides.

It was largely political and about worldly control of the fraternity. Freemasonry was not originally supposed to be about institutional power. It was supposed to be about internal growth, however one chooses to frame that personal process. Now, even that is colored by dogmatic assertions and ideologies. It has been tamed and defanged in the exercise of political muscle and in the attempt to make the fraternity palatable for an increasingly less introspective audience which was necessary to increase membership beyond a limited scope. That's probably not a popular view, but so mote it be.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Agreed in full. I believe that Freemasonry dates its origin from the ancient past....possibly even before Ancient Khemit.The GLE separated from the Scottish Rite as it wasn't politically correct to be seen to be involved with anything Jacobean at the time. For me, Masonry is about personal development in all aspects of our existance, mentally and spiritually and I believe that that was it's primary raison d'etre.