Thank you for sharing your experiences
I noticed that many masons on this site seem to be very fixed on history and exaggerate its importance. On the German masons forum I got banned and my
post deleted without notice immediately, because I made a post discussing an esoteric topic from many views, as I would do here. Their comments seemed
very guessing in the dark and related to Christianity in general. Even though banned, I still made a new account to ask for why I got banned and
received an answer saying what I write is "complete #", getting another ban. Of course this doesn't have to represent all of masonry, though.
After studying the usual rules and rites of masonry and shard groups, as well differences in ranks I would say the behavior rules are a bit too
strict. Having to eat in a specific way, telling people to always talk good to brothers in front of other people. What if a brother is afraid of that
rule and treats one fair in a faked way and never builds up a real relationship?
I do hope the rules about working hard for your superior have changed, because it may have been good in the past, but today what you do affects the
whole of the world in a significant way.
I noticed that many lodges in Germany force their members to support the system by protesting at given pro political events as a requirement to join.
Actually there seem to be 3 lodges in my small city, also in need of members - however not anymore I would suspect. They filled 2 pages on a newspaper
advertising for new members and their meetings are always listed under "events".
I've read about a member part that improves the passing on of wisdom in masonry. I'd really look forward to go through all the ranks to fill missing
ancient knowledge holes in me and then share my long personal research with the whole structure to make all members live happier and also include the
Talking to brothers to exchange wisdom sounds nice as well. However, I am not sure if a lodge of the first 3 degrees would take
me in - I do not stick to a single religion, but neither do I reject them - I'm just open minded to any information and combine it all. Believing in a
supreme being - well, there is most likely a "mechanism" and I would be compatible talking about one being, but sometimes words about the history of
where religions were created from escape me.
From claimed experiences from many people it seems you have to remember texts to rise in ranks. That is what makes my decision not to try. I couldn't
remember more than a single line, because my mind converts everything to a logic system that connects everything with everything as one and couldn't
remember words - and I want to keep it clean.
The wisdom and awareness which the Templars of Malta spread on some "events" is what I support and I would like to help them and would at the same
time really like to "become one" to turn masonry inside out with my research on the world.
By the way, I would not read complete books unless something lost is in there, because If I had gained what I know through books, I would be 300
years, if not 6000 years old by know. I also had the chance to exchange wisdom with over 50k people, found by a filter to find only certain people and
have been chatting with over 500k people in my life. Measured by multiplying a usual behavior.
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