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The year our country was born, 1867 Canada had a population of 3.4million. After WW1, as leaders arrived in Paris to redraft the borders of Europe and end war forever we were 8,300,000. At the end of WW11, the second largest country by land mass had grown to 12million citizens. And today we are only 35.3million; 11% the size of US and slightly more than half the size of UK's 65million. Except for a growth bubble after WW11, interest in freemasonry has been fairly steady. Economists told us that economic stability depended on a growing population- more people gainfully employed producing and spreading the tax base. Sociologists and political leaders have known for decades that immigration has been below the growth required. But what has this to do with freemasonry? Everything and nothing. The pool has become shallower. To replenish our numbers we did what any old firm might do and held fast relying on the appeal of our brand. What we didn't calculate were the unassailable social and cultural changes that made us compete in the marketplace of popular opinion. Many factors congealed and bumped us off our pedestal. And we have only ourselves to blame for our struggle to get ahead of the curve. One might think the drop off of membership might reenergize us to challenge the trends, to objectively understand what has been happening and adjust accordingly. Even though we are chaffing, it is no easy matter for this old firm to modernize. The facts revealed the folly. It isn't a matter of 'if' we modernize but when and how? We need to be cosmopolitan; we need to be colour blind; we need to be secular; we need to show intelligence and confidence. Confidence happens when we have the necessary courage to act. Intelligence we reveal in the way we design and conduct ourselves. Has age made us that timid?
'Where the light is brightest, the shadows are deepest'- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
In his day, Goethe's thought about the work of that other genius, Issac Newton and some of it made him angry. It was because of the assumptions that were suggested by Newton, particularly the conviction that this was the defining, absolute science. In a way, this was saying there was no other 'plan B'. Goethe made this clearer for us by saying Newtons work denied shadows power. He went on to illustrate this in a story of a giant with no power whose shadow had great power. The giant was Newton of course. It would be immodest of me to suggest it was genius reacting to genius so read it for yourself and decide.
Genius often reveals what we understand without knowing how we know it. Similarly, do we know how radical ideas created Freemasonry? We know the Hiram allegory was the product of careful observation and contemplation from a time when quoting the ideas of someone else was more highly valued that original thought. We know the foundation of thought came well before governance and organization. We know also, that it reflects the stages of cultural and intellectual change. History teaches us about The Age of Enlightenment, The Reformation, and the Renaissance. As we study freemasonry, we begin to understand in time past, when orthodoxy was a matter of life or death, it was best for men to kept liberal thoughts underground. We trace the It was produced by serious thought and had a purpose for man. There were always men thinking beyond the control of church and state. Adherence to church doctrine and swearing fidelity to the King was a sensible way to live. It took us many generations to carry on the right to probe darkness.
A man learns for himself or he doesn't. At an early age we teach our children the basic forms of literacy. Reading and writing are important tools to function as an adult. As a child grows capability becomes known to us by behaviour. Personality and intelligence is defined. The child is influenced by the atmospheres experienced, intended and otherwise. Need and opportunity influence what a person does. Experience can shape the way a person connects with the world around. When does the mind leave behind the frivolity of youth is unclear. For some, it is early. For others, it is a gradual process.
The principles and philosophy of freemasonry can not be imposed on anyone. It is when the mentoring occurs, that a more cultured mind becomes accessible to the apprentice. The history of freemasonry let's us know there are expectations of a manner to one another and to others; acts of philanthropy and 'charity'; to not brag or assume propriety; to be generous of spirit, quick to forgive, willing to entertain the dissenting opinion, easy in his manner.
Poking at a man with ideas has probably done more to discourage learning than any other function.
The tenants of freemasonry as time proven. Their strength is how useful they are to travellers.
How a good man lives, how to live as a good man are skills of thought that are transferrable. They assume our universal quest is to live together in understanding, active in the pursuit of the common good. Skills like this take time to develop but our patience is unfathomable. We are prompted knowing the need of an ethical existence aids our stewardship and brief time on earth.
Freemasonry is often misunderstood and for good reason. It has plot; dark and affirming. It has pulse, a rhythm of free will as ancient as time forgotten. Conspiracy theorists pick up on a history complete loose of fact that the Order has been a serious threat to G-d, Crown and Nation. We can forgiven for many a faux pas with one exception. We are a classic.
The basis of classicism is the evolution of societies into civilizations. Marilyn Hutchinson captured the idea beautifully: Classicism, she said, therefore, can be understood as defining and long-lasting civilizational patterns shaped by belief systems. Belief systems including both philosophies and religions. If nothing else, freemasonry is a belief system and in that sense, endures because it is a classic.
Previously, music and theatrics had been bench marks of the Order. Antiquarians go to the depths to tell us our expectations are high; our realities cannot match. We tell ourselves the disappointment of this. Always, we are left with the suggestion that freemasonry is of a time "before" . Always it bests the effort of today. For too long we have measured our 'success' in volumes as if depth of bearing could be measured. When did we stop striving to carry forward the legacy of a classic performance? Our currency is the exchange of ideas; contemplation. I wonder that this remarkable belief system has been covered with layers of plaster. Today? Cracks have been appearing. Curious builders doing repairs are discovering mosaics that tell a story. The classics? Well they can't be silenced can they? They speak of enduring passions; a lingering note of life. We could listen.
Freed from religious intolerance, neither dilettante nor subservient, we travel around the globe, making a life on the next shore, exchanging ideas from somewhere else with those new to us. Seeming enlightened though few would make such a claim, mouthing philosophies which remain aspirational, we are Freemasonry.
Our Order preserves the Ancient Charges while desiring to give each entered apprentice the opportunity to learn in an artist's studio, a scholar's library, an alchemical laboratory.
We will be amazed by the success of that endeavour that has withstood the test of time/history.
It is all with us, as it has been for generations. Freemasonry does change as history changes. But it is always Freemasonry. It is always history.
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Most people have a belief they are complete, the full package. Strengths, shortcomings all intractible. It would be difficult to improve if the form was so rigid. The complete belief denies the fact a human being is adaptive and likes habit. In that sense life is a process influenced as much by our attitudes as by the events and circumstance we face each day. Can most freemasons see their personal goals that will take them to the objective of insight and self improvement? Human beings are in an unassailable state of change. We are looking for 'the bigger man' and seeking to be the 'bigger man'.
Behaviour of a freemason toward his brethren, family, co-workers, G-d and country reveals his state of mind. A mason is given an opportunity to hone some useful skills of observation. But to understand them, he first must discover them. Just as he discovered how to balance his bicycle and enjoy the ride, freemasonry requires a desire to learn and action and a goal; what can you do once you have the skill.
Is freemasonry about having a membership card, wearing regalia and performing ritual? If it is, then we will have stripped freemasonry of unique history, an enriched philosophy and a philathropic ethos.
Can a man find an ethical 'right life' through freemasonry? With commitment, dedication, opportunity and sincere mentoring he may always be in a state of incompletion but closing in on his goals.
How we are known to others, should matter. So learn the meaning of hubris; what the arts can express about the human condition; how a balanced life is different and why a statisfactory life does not come from a recipe.
'A life unexamined is not worth living.'
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Tantalizing though it is to have secrets, those of a freemason are as evident as the colour of his eyes or the measure of his gait. Patterns of behaviour hidden in view tell the careful watcher much more about the man than what is said.
What drives men to exclude women from this organization? Perhaps it would be anti-climatic to tell you it is by design not to exclude but to categorize. It is oak beside maple. Why is one different? How much does it matter? They are trees with a beauty and character we ascribe. So be kind when you think of freemasonry. It is not perfect and neither are the men who join. Today practitioners of the Masonic Arts & Sciences struggle to understand their obscure provenance and wonder if aspiring to the principles are as altruistic as claimed.
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