Every time I repair statement like this I feel compelled to point out that it seems like the number of Masons who know the actual purpose of Freemasonry is either few or none. Those who claim to know the actual secrets are keeping them so secret that they never pass them on. This leaves each man to guess at the secrets as best he can and make his Masonry the best way he can. We call it a fraternity but in my experience Freemasonry is a very lonely road. Or perhaps I am just to dense to get it.
This bothers me because our purpose isn't a secret at all. It's laid out pretty clearly in the degrees. I think the problem lies in that so many Lodge's see the degrees as a hurdle to get over so the new initiate is a dues paying member rather than seeing the rituals for what they are, the blueprint for our Masonic journey. Yet, so many Lodges never revisit the teachings set out in the Work after their Raising. But I guarantee there are half a dozen Brothers putting a petition in their hand for this appendant body or that.