One of the finest Masonic essays I've ever read appeared today on the Masonic Minute blog, entitled "What The hell Do You Guys Do?"
I don't know who you are, my brother, but you have managed to say what thousands have never been unable to put into words. Thank you.
It does it an injustice to excerpt it, I know, but I can't resist.
(T)here is no simple answer. If you want a simple answer, go away. We don’t want people who want simple answers. The days of “McMasonry” are fading fast…and not soon enough. For too long our Craft was worried about the number of new guys we could get in the door. We ignored the fact that we were not learning and teaching and reasoning. We did not care that we were turning our back on the very thinking tradition that allowed us to break-open the way the Western World thinks and reasons. We got lazy about our intellectual curiosity, we got sloppy with our ritual and worst of all, we lost contact with our communities.
So what is it that we DO? Right now, we are rebuilding the Fraternity...
Go. Read the whole thing.