Freemasonry: In Search of the Lost West: The Moral Praxis of Freemasonry
Freemasonry has been the subject of many a book, movie, and conspiracy, and sometimes all three at the same time. However millions of normal people participate and join for everyday reasons, like networking and socializing. The core aspects of Freemasonry as a group of like-minded individuals supporting each other and their local community are often overlooked for the more sensational aspects. Freemasonry describes itself as a “society of man dedicated to a good life and a better world.” How do the members achieve that, especially because the world has changed so much since its original founding, much less just in the last century or so.
Freemasonry: In Search of the Lost West is an overview of the philosophy and morality of Freemasonry, both in the past and where it may go in the future. Author A. E. Eco really focuses on what he and others really view as the the true purpose of Masonry, happiness. Though academic research, quotes, and plenty of footnotes, Eco lays out the foundations of Masonry’s historical foundations and interpretations of the rituals and meaning of the original philosophy behind the group. And Freemason philosophy is also the history of the modern world, as many of the movers and shakers of the Age of Reason also being prominent Masons.
This is not an easy text, but it isn’t supposed to be. It’s an in-depth analysis of a centuries-old organization that has more disinformation published about it than the real, original history and meaning. While Freemasonry may be an easy target for fiction writers (and many so-called non-fiction “exposés”), it has been an important part of the lives of millions of participating men and the communities that benefited from them. An important work on subject too often sensationalized in the popular media, that opens up an important conversation on the history and future of happiness and the Masonry’s dedication to it.