Freemasonry is without doubt the largest and most powerful secret society existing throughout the world today. Whilst Freemasonry is considered by many as sinister and destructive, it still maintains a significant position of influence in certain parts of the world. Freemasonry has prided itself in its cherished secrets. It has been able to conceal its practices and teaching behind a façade of respectability and propriety for years. However, like never before, Freemasonry, its degrees and secrets are being exposed through numerous revealing books, TV programs and the internet exposures. Unprecedented numbers of disillusioned former Masons are exposing the secrets that they were once bound by. This has resulted in a stark decline in numbers. Insiders are becoming disillusioned and outsiders are being scared off as more and more detail is exposed for the world to see. The Masonic membership is becoming increasingly concerned about its external image, as potential members are shunning the order in significant numbers. Not liking being exposed, the normally highly-secretive Freemasons have of late been actively engaging in a public relations offensive in order to resuscitate the ailing order. It has been swinging its doors open to some of its more innocuous installation ceremonies and running to the media to highlight the slightest of charitable acts in an attempt to boost its withering image.