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Why Young Men Join the Freemasons

Freemasonry has been shrinking for a while, and lodges have been panicking. The Baby Boomers just didn’t join. But young men now are starting to rediscover Freemasonry. This new generation of Masons wants to associate with

  • Something ancient, mythical, or legendary

  • A group that has been the fraternity of the greatest of men for three centuries

  • A fraternity that's worldwide in its scope and universal in its welcoming of all faiths and all races

  • A local lodge that helps the family next door and the school down the street

  • A group that used to be at the forefront of issues that shaped this country and, arguably, was the crucible that gave birth to the revolution because the Freemasons were men of action and social conscience

  • A fraternity that claims as its members the most imaginative minds and the most successful of men

Often, the image of what these young men are looking for doesn't match what they find in the lodge down the street, and you can even argue that such an idealistic institution never really existed. But instead of leaving, these men are staying and starting to build the Masonry that suits their needs, just as their grandfathers did in the 1950s.

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