It could have been fixed in the 1960s, or 70s or80s…maybe in the 90s.
A week ago I received a letter referencing the sale of the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe. We have an issue of funding that we can’t fix in the short term and the final option is to sell the building. In 1912, the Scottish Rite Temple was completed. It is said that the founders dedicated the building on the same day that they signed the State Constitution.
Everything changes. Even the stones that are stacked on the Capitans near my home have moved over the centuries. Nothing remains of the ancient Masonic Temples that were built and we all know that the day will come when our temples will fall. It is intriguing to be an eyewitness. I won’t know what the future will say about this decision. I do have the advantage of hindsight to know that we should have dealt with this issue decades ago. Isn’t it intriguing to live in the moment? If we had the interest from donations of long ago built up over time, if we had raised dues decades earlier, if the City of Santa Fe was still renting the parking lot… Unfortunately we can’t live in the ‘if’, we have to live with the realities of our situation today.
We make history each day by our actions or our inaction. Either way, we help shape the future. Today’s question is will you stand for what is right today? Are you part of tomorrows problem or solution? I choose to be part of the solution to preserve the Scottish Rite in New Mexico. A building, however grand, is end the end a building.
Let us get our focus back on what is important, let us be Masons once again.