Is Change A Dirty Masonic
By Worshipful Brother
Frederic L. Milliken
I was coming home from work the other day and
listening to the radio when the announcer said that the production of CDs was
slowly being stopped. The era of the CD is over. Oh my, I wondered, what am I
going to do now? And then I realized that I hadn’t even gotten rid of all of
my 8 track tapes yet.
Now I know how my grandfather felt. He was born
in 1881 and died in 1980. He once told me that he had seen the advent of what
was then every modern invention, from the mass use of the auto, to the radio,
to TV, the airplane, the refrigerator, air conditioning and on and on. When he
started out his career in his 20s he was a salesman operating out of a horse
and buggy. Before he died he saw a man land on the moon. Now that kind of
change can frizzle your brain.
Change is so prevalent today. Our President ran
his first campaign on the slogans of HOPE and CHANGE. But it seems, at least
to me, that the change that technology is bringing us is moving at a more
rapid rate every decade or is that just my imagination? One can purchase the
latest in technology and it is outmoded in what seems a flash. My first
computer lasted me 10 years, my second only 5 years and my third will be
replaced after 3 years.
Here is an idea of what the near future could
- From the mundane to the extraordinary,
it seems every day a new piece of technology is released that promises to
revolutionize the way people live. The Mind Lamp from Psyleron uses
electron tunneling, a process that measures quantum-scale probabilistic
events, to determine what color your mind is thinking about in order to
shift the lamp to that color. For people who have trouble texting, the
Android application “ThickButtons” anticipates which letters are most
likely next when typing a text on a touch screen smart phone, and the
program expands those letters to make texting easier. From the co-inventor
of Twitter comes Square, an accessory that plugs into your smart phone
that allows a mobile merchant to swipe a credit card anywhere they receive
- Thanks to advancements in the field of
medicine, the quality and length of human lives continues to improve.
Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles have engineered
mesoporous silica nanoparticles that successfully increase the percentage
of cancer fighting drugs delivered to tumors during chemotherapy. A
vaccine developed by Pfizer called CDX-110 causes white blood cells in the
body to target and destroy cancer producing cells in the brain. Two
studies released in “The New England Journal of Medicine” have proved that
the asthma pills Singulair and Accolate work as successfully in preventing
asthma symptoms as steroid inhalers. Each of these inventions offer a
chance to ease the suffering of individuals afflicted with these
- Recent developments in scientific
equipment have allowed scientists to continue uncovering the mysteries of
the universe. A half-mile underground in Geneva, Switzerland, is the Large
Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator designed to allow physicists to
study the smallest known particles. Physicists hope to use the collider to
recreate the conditions that existed immediately following the Big Bang.
NASA’s Gravity Probe B has confirmed two key predictions related to
Einstein’s theory of relativity by measuring the warping of space and time
around a gravitational body, and how much a spinning object pulls space
and time when rotating.
- Researchers from Google have developed
a car that drives itself automatically using artificial intelligence
software. The car’s on board computer uses video cameras, radar sensors
and laser guidance software, along with detailed maps, to navigate roads
and traffic. The firefighting vehicle Amatoya has an insulated cabin that
can withstand temperatures of more than 600 degrees, and is armed with
dual high-powered water cannons that allow the vehicle’s crew to fight
fires from within.
Recent Innovations in Technology | eHow.com
All this has me wondering of course about
Freemasonry. While the world spins on a high speed hi tech mode of constant
change, what is Freemasonry doing? Of course I don’t mean the message but the
messenger. The tenets and virtues of Freemasonry are timeless as is its
ritual. So the question is, are we really keeping up with the times in the
deliverance of that message?
Could Freemasonry using technology actually
hold a meeting online?
Could it do away with altogether its Lodge
Could it streamline itself into having all
degrees performed at Grand Lodge, as part of a Grand Lodge session, three
times a year for every Lodge in the jurisdiction?
Could its record keeping become 100% digital?
Could all the messages a Lodge or Grand Lodge
needs to deliver to its members be done electronically?
Does Freemasonry make efficient use of
websites, You Tube and E Readers now?
Does Freemasonry in your jurisdiction use
Facebook and Twitter now?
Does your Grand Master, Grand Lodge officers
and local Lodge Master text?
What I see now is also the death of the home PC
and even the laptop. The younger generation is communicating by texting,
reading from E-readers, and connecting to the World Wide Web and everything
and anything via smart phones. If Freemasonry desires to connect with the
present generation will they be willing to use the tools that this generation
uses? And will they be able to communicate the timeless message of Freemasonry
in a manner that today’s hi tech youngsters can receive? Or is change really a
dirty Masonic word?