"You know what I say to people when I hear that they're writing an antiwar book? Why don't you write an anti-glacier book instead?"
"PLEASE ACCEPT MY RESIGNATION. I DON'T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT ME AS A MEMBER"
It has been my intention to submit my official demit to the Massachusetts Lodge of Freemasons of which I am a member.. I have struggled with making this decision with perhaps more sweat than is warranted. The ideology which encompasses Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth is a noble thing and nothing to be scoffed at. - and scoff I do not.
Within Freemasonry the lesson taken from Psalm 133 is as skimmed over as dung on a field. Its nourishment, depth and holiness is only understood in part and often not at all. Freemasonry, which relies heavily on Biblical scripture for its symbols and lessons in morality is not a religion and it proposes no level of spirituality to the members of the esteemed fraternity. Morality does not equal spirituality. The Nazi Party also held in high regard their own list of ancient symbols and moral standards.
The religion of Jesus is as far removed from modern Christianity as is Freemasonry from religion. It is easy to blur the lines. And perhaps for me, here lies the ruse. The guise of using scripture within Freemasonry is outdated and is only perpetuated by relying on the implied importance of tradition and history. There are those (mistakenly I believe) that trace the roots of Freemasonry to the very pyramids of ancient Egypt.
Relying heavily upon tradition for tradition's sake is like holding tightly to a piece of old clothing that has worn itself itself out. Like a two year old that refuses to give up his "blankie" the day arrives when it must be recycled or discarded and not sucked on like an old dried tit. Watts once reminded us that the common error is to mistake the symbol for the reality, to look at the finger pointing the way and then to suck it for comfort rather than follow it.
But what would Freemasonry be without its white gloves and aprons; it jewels and lodge of officers? What would it be without the mystery of degrees with its oaths and ritual. What would Freemasonry draw upon without the canon of scripture?
And perhaps herein lies the ruse. I am not tearing down the bastion of Freemasonry. The fraternity will continue with or without me. My staying or leaving will cast no ripple. It will continue on as it has before and it will be an important lifeline for some while becoming a stumbling block for others.
I've known monks and musicians,
preachers and physicians,
the religious, agnostic