Mark Bennett, historian at a Freemasons lodge in Asheville, N.C, suggests, “We’re not a secret society; we’re a society with a few secrets.”
Worldwide, Masonic Fraternal Lodges are opening their doors to potential new members and the public, while abandoning their secretive ways, according to a USA Today article. (USA Today, 2011)
According to the article, there are 1million less Masons that there were in 1941. However, this isn’t a plague suffered only by the Masonic Fraternity. Many organizations are suffering the demands of a changing era. With the Internet, Social Media, and the onset of free microwave-speed information networks like mobile technology, no question about it, busy lifestyles complicate time commitments. This clearly means that any organization wishing to attract members must offer something of great interest to even be considered worthwhile, without demeaning those giving the best effort possible for their current situation. Remembering, it is more important to consider the results of actions and words, than it is to express ones opinion. Understanding, the things you say and do have either a positive or negative effect on the future of the organization. Just because it has always been done a certain way, this doesn’t grant future success or even survival. The only constant characteristic of life is change. Otherwise, we would be still walking with the dinosaurs.
However, this is not to say that tradition isn’t important too. As Masons, we forgot that what we DO for each other, our lodges, and ourselves enriches the quality of life for our families and communities. It is no longer a simple matter of knowing one Mason in the dark as well as in the light. It is a matter of asking the questions applicable of a Mason today.
▪ Who are the Masons?
▪ How do we know them in our lives today?
Ostendorff, Jon. (1/31/2011). USA Today Nation. In Masons, other service groups fight membership declines. Retrieved 10/23/2013, from http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-01-31-masons31_ST_N.htm.