THE TIMELESS HEART OF MASONRY
Contributed by WBro Gurnam Singh of Lodge Kedah 3830 E.C.
from the commendable work undertaken by Camel Lodge #421 F&AM.
13th December 2023
FROM STONE TO DIGITAL: THE TIMELESS HEART OF MASONRY
A negative opinion of Masonry found on the internet:
“…sorry to tell you, but since the fraternity became not so secret and you have reverted to recruiting rather than people coming on their own free will and accord, you are losing the battle for relevancy. 90% of your lodges will die with the baby boomers.”
One Mason’s response:
Thank you for sharing your perspective. It’s true that the Masonic fraternity, like many other organizations, faces challenges in the modern age. But change and adaptation have always been part of the Masonic journey. The core values of the fraternity — brotherly love, relief, and truth — remain timeless, and they resonate with every generation in their own way.
While some lodges may indeed face challenges in terms of membership and maintaining their buildings, it’s also a time of introspection and reinvention for many. It’s an opportunity to revisit our core values and find new, meaningful ways to express them in a world that’s rapidly evolving. Just as the tools of the mason were once literal and became symbolic, the way we express our values can transform to meet the needs of a new era.
The digital age brings both challenges and opportunities. While some may turn to online platforms for social connection, many are also seeking genuine, face-to-face interactions and meaningful experiences. Masonry, with its deep-rooted traditions of mentorship, community service, and personal growth, can provide that.
So, while the face of Masonry may change over time, its heart remains steadfast. The future may bring smaller lodges, digital gatherings, or new interpretations of ancient rituals, but the essence of brotherhood and the pursuit of wisdom will never fade. The Masonic journey is not about the size of the lodge or the secrecy of its rituals; it’s about the quality of the bonds formed and the impact made in our communities. In this way, Masonry remains as relevant as ever.
Sub-Editor's Note: Bro Wilson C. A. Chang of Table Lodge No. 9717 E.C.
When I joined my first local fellowship, an experienced member shared a valuable lesson – Freemasons don't invite people; one is supposed to ask to join, even if it means facing rejection a few times.
Someone on the internet criticised Freemasonry for losing relevance as it becomes less secret and actively recruits members. The responder acknowledges the challenges but emphasizes that adaptability is intrinsic to Masonry, despite potential declines in some lodges, the core values of brotherly love, relief, and truth endure.
This is the focal point of a compelling article graciously shared with us by WBro Gurnam Singh of Lodge Kedah 3830 E.C. from the commendable work undertaken by Camel Lodge #421 F&AM.
The Ashlar extends its sincere wishes to readers for an enjoyable and enlightening reading experience. May the insights acquired from these pages add depth and meaning to your Masonic journey.