I just finished reading a post on Facebook where the brother expressed his concern about the dwindling numbers in Freemasonry, a concern that has been around for years (yet we are still here).
It is my belief that Freemasonry mirrors most spiritual traditions and has suffered a great loss of interest and membership, the tide is ebbing, the reason being we are stuck in the “lowest common denominator” level. The more we dummy down the symbols, the more we fall prey to dogmatic fundamentalism in religions and ignorance in Freemasonry, a place I believe we may have found ourselves at this present time.
As a Scottish Rite Mason I have always been saddened by how few actually read the writings of Albert Pike, or even acknowledge the esoteric aspects within the rituals.
My personal feeling, most brothers have not removed their hoodwinks!
That is not necessarily a dire prediction of our future, it’s just a warning. The remedy can be found in many directions but first we have to acknowledge the esoteric side of Freemasonry, the side that speaks of levels above that of the “lowest common denominator”.