Things from the past

I just ran across this post. The image is an interesting one, as is the blurb that accompanies it. This statue is atop a building in Mendocino. From the smaller image it’s hard to make out, but enlarging it shows clearly the scythe from father time, the gentle maiden, and the broken pillar.

The irony here is that it no longer sits atop the local Masonic lodge. The post identifying it as atop a Savings Bank, “formerly” the Temple for the region.

I think it’s wonderful that our icon still exists, but what a pity it is no longer a part of OUR institution. The more we let slip away from us, the more of our past we lose.

This links back to both our Masonic focus and losing our past. These icons our past brethren worked hard to secure were done to have lasting presence in the community, not to be sold off to be re-purposed.


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~ by Greg on February 13, 2006.

One Response to “Things from the past”

  1. I’m afraid with Masonry, more and more is going to slip away. Mainstream Masonry has many problems these days, as I’m sure you know.

    We’re daily trashed by wacko and rabid anti-Masons and conspiracy nuts, plus we’ve done quite a bit of damage to ourselves, having become in many places nothing much more than an “old men’s doughnut and coffee club.”

    Young men have in general avoided becoming Masons, or fled soon after being Raised, having found nothing in the fraternity to hold their interest. Educated and professional men not only find nothing to interest them, they’re often shunned by those less educated brothers who feel threatened by New Thought.

    Inside the fraternity, the study of esoterica has been frowned upon. Focus is placed on learning and reciting meaningless ritual, holding charity events, and slapping each other on the back.

    Freemasonry is indeed at a crossroads; perhaps not the first one, but a crossroads nonetheless. Decisions made today, by each of us, will affect whether Freemasonry thrives or dies in the 21st Century.

    Widow’s Son
    The Burning Taper

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