The process of removing impurities or unwanted elements from a substance.
Fixing things has long been the goal. I'm not sure that we need to fix anything. It seems as though Freemasonry is correcting itself in that we are reverting to the small, refined group we once were, composed of knowledgeable, carefully selected and true brothers.
When I ran "surveys galore" as expressed by a post on "Blinded by the Light" it was interesting to see the take on it [my piece] and Jon Ruark's (see video link below) research into our decline. The aforementioned blog is stating the elephant in the room is that the Grand Lodge system itself is to blame for the downfall of membership. And in part it's true, but perhaps not why you think.
- At Masonry's peak, from an educational standpoint (1900) Freemasonry was small.
- The influx of men into the Fraternity during the 50s and 60s was an anomaly.
- The craft built an empire based on an influx of men and treated that high number as the new normal which for whatever reason they still measure us against today!
- Now that we are returning to normal numbers, the craft is trying to figure out ways to sustain the top heavy elements we built.
The Masonic "Utopia"? - If we look at the number of actual members who are active (about 5%), and we divided them into about
In conclusion, next time someone says "Masonry is dying.", make sure you tell them, "We're not dying, we're refining."