It’s a chilly day with lots of snow here in the Ohio Valley. They’re calling for lots of snow for us. So, since I’m just sitting in the house looking out the window, it got me thinking about the current climate of Freemasonry.
Many people within the craft, in the US especially, have been nearly at each others throats. More often than not, created by the very things we aren’t supposed to discuss within a lodge. So that creates a bit of questions about the climate, and how Freemasons might be able to lead the way on bringing the country back together.
Is social media the proper place to discuss politics and religion? In my opinion, absolutely not! It could easily be argued the whole “free speech” thing as a catalyst to say what we want. But unfortunately, free speech really only applies to government action in response to what we say. We may not be breaking any laws by speaking our mind, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t breaking the very thing that brought us together in the first place. Freemasonry. We are, (by lashing out at each other in unintelligent, irrational, digressive, and often aggressive ways) breaking the cornerstone, foundation, and even the mortar that binds our craft together. We are charged to accept all humans as the same species. Unfortunately, with each passing day, I see an increasing number of members wanting to leave the craft entirely because of the aggressive nature of the membership mindset when discussing politics and/or religion.
There is nothing wrong with discussion. History has shown us that with proper dialogue, we can overcome a great deal of issues. The problem with the dialogue that is practiced today, is that self control and emotional outbursts seem to be the largest driving factor in our correspondence with others; both fraternally, and publicly. We are creating an environment that is not conducive to the principles of our order. The divisive and tumultuous nature of our discussions both publicly and privately, (primarily social media based discussions) are not only creating a serious crack in our bond, but also creating a very negative depiction of what Freemasonry teaches. It’s okay to disagree with me. This is my opinion. However, every Mason I know complains about the increasing lack of active members, new member interest, and members who continue to leave. There is no single answer to this; but I can say without a doubt that our public display of selfishness and inconsideration for the craft overall, isn’t helping matters. It’s perpetuating it.
I’d like to offer a suggestion I saw another brother make on his page. Take one month, 30 days, and (at least make an attempt) not have open conversation or arguments about religion or politics on social media), With this addition: Instead, Make an attempt to post something that lifts society up. Be the pillar of hope. Represent what the fraternity is meant to represent. Faith, Hope, and Charity.
Give a reason for others to have faith in humanity and that things will get better. Display the promotion of hope in the midst of (what often seems like) chaos. And spread the act of charity by being a positive member of our order. A positive human being who chooses to lift people up by supportive and uplifting statements. Extend your hand to those who may have otherwise remained at a perpetual distance. Don’t use the tools of the craft as weapons against society and display them in a negative light. Show compassion and understanding, even if you personally disagree. We DO have a choice to partake in the degradation and breakdown of societal communication, or we can CHOOSE to enhance it and serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for others. Let’s make a choice to repair ourselves and others, rather than force a wedge deeper between us. Let’s mend the differences with that tool in which we often reference. The choice is yours.
I’lll close with this quote, it’s one of my favorites, and I employ it’s use regularly:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear in that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the World.
There is nothing enlightening about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel unsure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
As we let our own Light shine,
we consciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”
Have a great day, and as always, please feel free to share!