posted on Sep, 16 2006 @ 03:24 PM
Many Grand Lodges have adopted a more public approach to the fraternity in the hopes that it will attract membership. Perhaps they think that
"airing laundry" will make an ancient fraternity easier to approach. The Grand Lodge of Michigan, for example, has a PR campaign with the slogan,
"Share the Secret."
I tend to think this angle is more representative of a generational divide than anything else. The prevailing membership is (as we know) rapidly
approaching retirement age. Their sons are the Baby Boomer generation, who have made a point to defy "the Establishment" and go their own way.
This is by no means a dig on the Boomers; it's just a result of the 60's and 70's. It became a prevalent attitude to have full disclosure, and
secrecy became vilified.
I think that one of the downsides of turning away from all this tradition is a loss in the mystery of the Craft, a cheapening of the experience. If
you want to see the rituals, you can now look them up online or watch a few shows on the History Channel. Sadly, those exposes do very little than
show some mechanics of what may happen in a lodge room. Those that have experienced the degrees can tell you how very different they are when they
are active participants. It's not just the words or the handshakes; it's the change within.