I would like to pose the question in a different manner. We all agree that the numbers are bad, and that nearly all Grand Lodges are experiencing a decline in membership. Can Freemasonry adapt to the new realities of our society, and still keep true to our ancient landmarks? I believe we can. We can have more "openness" in Freemasonry, with open houses, and an expanded internet presence, and still be the same excellent fraternity, we always have been. There is no conflict! And there certainly is nothing to fear about modernizing our administrative procedures (relying less on the US Postal Service, and enabling men to pay their dues on-line,etc).
I don't want to see the ritual work requirements in the state of Texas relaxed any. I do want to see visitation with PH made a reality. I judge issues individually.
If you take relaxing the ritual work or the standards off the table I think it puts words like "change" and "evolve" into a better context.