Brethren, for the past 16 months Winnie has been informing you of the day to day evolution of the GLNF crisis. Well, Winnie has had enough.
The publication of the names of the 10 candidates for Grand Master, the “squeezing” of 5 others, in particular Christophe Degny and Alain Juillet, has tipped the scales.
The GLNF as we knew it in the past is dead. The ideals Winnie aspired to when he joined the Obedience 12 years ago have long since disappeared, replaced by a frenetic race for blue aprons, glitter and dead boring titles beginning with “Grand” this or that. The international Masonic world has turned its back on a once proud Obedience. But its current management remains blind to such happenings and aloof to the calls for change from the grass roots Brethren.
The administrative has over-ridden the spiritual, National and Provincial Officers try to make us believe their titles put them above the Brethren. They have misunderstood that their role is an ungrateful one, to serve the Lodges and the Brethren. In their eyes it is the reverse.
Wielding a pen like a rapier, Grand Secretaries, both National and Provincial, suspend, exclude and strike off. Twice, entire Provinces have disappeared at the stroke of a poison quill. Winnie has written registered letter after registered letter to his PGM. Answers received ? Not a single one !!!
In a frantic campaign to retain power, Ephesse and his praetorian Guard of Cano, Balloo the Legal Bear, Henry the Beancounter, Jacquet, etc, use every trick in the legal book to delay court proceedings and interpret judgements with deforming spectacles. And the few PGMs who remain loyal to the Pisan 3rd floor undertake suicide missions (of their own volition or piloted by Pisan, we don’t know) vandalising a Temple, threatening a recalcitrant Provincial Officer with African voodoo or using anti-Semitic standover tactics against a Myosotis moderator who is also a devout, practicing Jew. And this is happening inside a so-called Masonic Obedience in the 21st century, where we are supposed to cultivate tolerance, to seek improvement, to build.
Enough is enough. Winnie has fought day in and day out , month after month, hoping to save the edifice from within. But the verdict has come in. The walls are rotten right down to the foundations and the only viable firm capable of doing the necessary reconstruction work hasn’t even been asked to tender.
Winnie has downed tools on the GLNF construction site. Like the medieval journeyman who went from cathedral site to cathedral site, Winnie has decided to move on and put his total effort into the construction of the new Obedience, a challenge of a lifetime.
Regrets he has (you don’t walk away from 12 years of effort without some emotion), but he knows he’s not alone. The vast majority of Brethren of his Mother Lodge and the Lodge of which he is now WM have taken the same path. And on the way he has met Tamino, Sirius Black, Silence Dogood, Anaxagore, Arturusrex and a host of others and we’ve all enjoyed a “p’tit jaune” with César at the Bar de la Marine.
We will all be too occupied with laying the foundations of the new Obedience to be looking back. The GLNF is dead.
Requiescat In Pace
Should you wish to express your disappointment at the passing of a once dignified and elegant lady condolences can be addressed to Ephesse himself or, even better, give him a call. He left the contact details in his latest tear jerker sent to members of the SGC. link
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org mobile phone : + 33 (0) 6 30 30 79 79
And since the GLNF is dead, Winnie no longer needs to hide behind a pseudo. Where does “Winnie” come from ? If you’re very old, a sort of civil “seven years and more” and you have a copy of “Winnie the Pooh” of the pre-Disney, A.A. Milne period, turn to the 2nd part of chapter one.
“Once upon a time, a very long time ago now, about last Friday, Winnie the Pooh lived in a forest all by himself under the name of Sanders.”
Allan Sanders : matricule 56724