I realise many of you will be disappointed to learn this week from the Grand Master Mason that Masonic Lodges simply cannot hold Masonic meetings of any kind at present. It is simply not feasible under the restrictions imposed upon us from the Scottish Government.
However, when you read this week's Flourishing Thoughts take heart from Brother Rev. Craig, as he encourages us to remain steadfast and live by and promote our fundamental principles which haven't changed for centuries.
Brother Andrew Mushet,
Provincial Grand Master of Glasgow
Over the history of our nation the way we use words often changes. Today ‘awful’ means bad or terrible; it used to mean worthy of awe. You wouldn’t call your wife a ‘hussy’ but it used to mean housewife. Change is endemic in our society; in the way we live, in the things that aid our life and especially in our language. Just look at your King James Bible – who talks like that any more? Yet there was a time not so long ago when thee’s, thou’s and arts were very much the way we communicated. Pronunciation, change of emphasis and regional peculiarities leads our language to evolve through ongoing change. The word I’m struggling with these days is ‘normal’; I used to know what normal meant but lockdown, changes in our situations, the way we work, in fact the way we do anything is now under the microscope and the word ‘normal’ is now under review. We hear of the ‘new normal’ as the means of confusing what we clearly understood before. I don’t want to add to the confusion and as I re-read this I can see I’m getting there so let me say this: we may change the way we talk about things; we may use different words to promote understanding but none of this alters how things are at the core. Our order is about fraternity and brotherly love. You can change how you talk about this a hundred times and it doesn’t make a difference as long as the reality of the meaning remains pure in our hearts. New normal suggests a new way; I’m arguing that it refers to a new way of talking about an old and established way. An old and established way that has strengthened and held together our society and our order for many years. When we talk about change and refer to things differently it doesn’t follow that things have actually changed. At the heart of the new terminology there remains the old strengths and values that have served us well throughout the ages. As we move towards phase four of lockdown and contemplate how things might be in the future I urge you all to cling to those things that have brought us strength in the past. They’ve always had value and they haven’t gone away. Let’s find the best of an optimistic future but let’s build that future on the solid foundation of the strengths of the past. Keep safe and keep well!!!!!
Brother, Rev. Robert Craig,
Provincial Grand Chaplain of Glasgow