I had a most interesting exchange with a non-Mason this morning. He was looking to challenge me on why he should join our fraternity.
He asked: “Why should I join when ALL of your secrets and information is in books and online for anyone to look up?”
“True”, I said. He seemed very surprised that I agreed with him. I smiled and continued, “Let me qualify my answer. I am sure that you can read about and lookup all information on how to drive a car, how to give a perfect speech to a large audience or how to passionately kiss someone. However something tells me your point of view changed when you first sat behind the steering wheel, stood in front of several hundred people or held a loved one for the first time.”
My point is that Freemasonry is not just the passing of information; it is the experience that transforms the member. Until you experience the degree work, I cannot adequately convey the result on the individual.”
I think, by the look on his face, I made my point.