A Brother Asks: If a Master Mason stands firm against bigotry, tyranny, corruption and political correctness and therefore, is disparaged, ostracized and shunned by his fellow Brothers for being steadfast in that conviction; why would he remain a Master Mason?
My Response: The bluntest answer is, "Because it's not about them." But let me say further that the Character of Hiram Abiff was put forth to you with sincere and calculated purpose to help emphasize that you will continually find yourself alone in life and surrounded by Ruffians at times. Try as you might, you shall not escape these rogues, ever. All you can do is deal with them to your best abilities and do what you can to evade them until you can no longer delay the obvious. Furthermore, the closer you come to completing your Temple, the more aggressive they shall become.
Part of your challenge is to keep your head about you, being a role model for those who can follow your lead. Be the best role model you can and enjoy the benefits of the role and the challenges such a role demands.
He Continues: If we are a fraternity of Brothers, Men of Reason, what exactly do we stand for?
I highly recommend that you turn the question around so you don't drive yourself to despair! What exactly do YOU stand for?! and once you answer this fully, live it and without reservation from yourself or any expectations of others!
He Continues: If it is Hope, is not hope reflected in our Faith that reason will prevail through our Charity of preserving Liberty, which would then provide Hope to others?
He Continues: Is not becoming a better man not our end goal as Master Masons?
My Response: Not if you look at what the society supports. Once again, what the scripts espouse is not what the society supports. This does not negate what it offers. It's truly important to separate out what is espoused and what is supported so that you can focus not on what is lacking in the organization, but what is lacking in you!
Keep in mind that the end goal of what is espouses is to birth men. If you are such a birthed man, you need not shed light back into the womb. Males within the womb are neither mature enough to see the Light within their darkness nor able to use the offered Light to climb out of it.
It is most important to keep in mind that these Lodges have one purpose: To continue the process of bringing males into them and submerging them in a culture of morality plays all designed to shed Light upon what they can do to improve themselves.
It is not designed to help them do this improving. That is left to the individuals to do on their own.
I challenge you to shed your Light where it will do the most good. And do so brilliantly!
My Response: Me too, AND I have met a lot more of these quality men than I would have had I not been a member. Doesn't that tell you something?
He Continues: Those I have met have suffered greatly by the hand of their Brothers.
My Response: Me too and I’m included in this! These are the Ruffian experiences I mentioned before. The bad news is that you're NOT going to avoid this outside the Society. The good news is that you've gotten to the point where you now have the awareness of such creatures and their ways and the language and skills to communicate what you're going to face for a lifetime. You are a lot better off for being exposed to all this than had you never had the opportunity to perpend this in your life.
He Continues: Many no longer attend Lodge; many no longer tolerate the ruffians within our walls. How is it that reason has been chained and political correctness been unleashed?
My Response: The simple blunt response is because Ruffians Rule the Roost, Cowans occupy Support Positions and the Society isn’t what it Pretends to be (a Speculative version of Stonecraft).
But this response doesn't do service to the real intent of your statement my Brother. The truth is that you are expecting far more from the organization that it could possibly deliver. It simply is not designed to do what you expect it to.
If you wish to remain sane in your participation though, go back to the metaphor I shared before: The Lodge is a Womb! Nothing more. You cannot expect males within it to be mature; that's the very reason they came through the door; they wanted to mature, even if they didn't know this when they walked through it.
Sadly, far too many are not mature even after they have walked through the door and stuck around for any length of time, despite their appearance of age.
However, if you use the roughness of what these experiences offer, you can polish yourself in ways you could not begin to imagine.
Most of all! If you choose to participate, do so in loving folly and don't let anyone get your goat.
PS - Keep the friendships of those who don't participate, especially if they are men of quality whom which would enrich your life, as you would enrich theirs. THE LODGE IS NOT A BUILDING YOU GO TO; IT IS A GATHERING OF MEN WITH GOOD PURPOSE!
PSS - Should you want further support that you can't get inside the Society, I am available, but not for free.