Dear Mister President, Dear Madame Administrator,
I imagine I am teaching you nothing, for it would be ridiculous to undertake a witch hunt against either of you…And even more so, a trial based on ignorance ! All the same, I draw your attention to the absolutely staggering spectacle that the justice of our country is currently offering to the members of our association (which has stood for humanist values for centuries and has shown right throughout its history that, over and above the proud miserabilism of some and the cupidity that is so much part of human nature, it pretends to be the guardian of a philosophy based upon ethics, respect, honour and morality in its noblest form).
What has become of the irreproachable Republic that we were promised not so long ago ?
What are the members of our association thinking today (who are right and honest men for the most part, as I’m sure you agree) when they observe the “whereases” of the general assembly which occurred on Saturday February 4th, 2012 ? How are they to react when they realise that “Democracy”, “Justice”, “professional code of ethics” and “fair mindedness” have become meaningless ? How can they understand that, despite being members of an association to which they have paid their dues for many years, they are unable to vote at its General Assembly ? That their most elementary rights have been “confiscated” by someone ? That they cannot even access the accounts of their own association– a fundamental evidence for any member of a bowling club or a stamp collectors’ association ?
When they contemplate the recent events that have shaken the GLNF, those members of our association who live their masonic engagement in their respective countries, what do they think of us ?
The citizens of our country who are not members of our association but who follow the unbelievable events of the GLNF via their media coverage, what do they think ?
An honest man, Mason or not, implicated or not in this depravity bordering upon indignity, what would he think of such behaviour ? Of this “denial” that does not dare admit its name ? Of this farce straight out of vaudeville or from one of Kafka’s novels ?
No doubt all these unwilling actors would think that Human nature is decidedly imperfect… That it is not enough to have risen over the millennia to the top of the food chain to be considered today as an “accomplished” species, “evolved” (in the most Darwinian sense of the expression !). At what moment do we give the image of the universal example ? Certainly, a long time ago we traded our “animal skins” for fine clothing, exchanged our “caves” for fine lodgings…. But so what ? Have we really rid ourselves of our ancestral origins ? Of our greedy reflections ? Of this pride that has caused so much blood to flow and has caused so many tears since the earliest dawn ?
Finally, this sordid (in its blackest form) affair has at least the merit of enlightening us on the meanders of human nature. On its lack of backbone, its compromises, its approximations, its proud ambitions, its vicissitudes….Its minute sneezes on the scale of Time ! Certainly, we have learned nothing that we had not already guessed in a more or less conscious manner… But it has opened our eyes, if nevertheless we still needed that !
After all, is it important ? Tomorrow we are going to rebuild… A Masonry as we love it, as we wish, as we want it to be !
We will have learned one thing at least : in our society that pretends to be evolved, contesting the power in place is never “tolerated”. To not want to be a “sheep” that is shorn at leisure. To want to participate in a joint work, to make it more just and more longlasting. No doubt you say, Maître Panurge’s good flock ?
The time is past, my Brothers… We will not submit to the diktats of the politically correct, we will not underwrite all these erring ways, all these depraved acts… we will advance according to the slow pace of our camels, towards the Beautiful, towards what is Good, towards what does Well
ZOZIME (philosopher and alchemist)
P.S. If the great light has not yet completely sent the shadows packing, a glimmer appears nonetheless in this “dimness” for even the friends of our past Grand Master no longer recognise him as such !