a reply to: gottaknow
I wasn't aware that he [William Cooper] was a drunk until just now
He was not a drunk. That's a popular attempt to debunk a great man
Then you posted a video of Cooper defending himself against the allegation. At T-4:20, Cooper points out that even if it were the case that he was a
drunk it wouldn't automatically discredit the information he provides.
I agree with that, and I'm certain KSigMason would agree, too. Furthermore, I believe KSigMason had his own reason(s) for bringing that up about Bill.
Perhaps he will return to explain.
I do know with a very high degree of probability, however, that Bill's views were wrong on Freemasonry. Would you care to show me otherwise?
your leaders are because it's seemingly quite different than what you think
Like Bill's own defense of his character, I will state that Freemasonry isn't about the quality of the characters of its leaders, it's about the form
and content the principles and tenets of Freemasonry.
For example, Freemasonry recommends the following to its members. In my book of 'The Work' there is what we call 'Charge to the E.A.' [Entered
Apprentice]. It is a charge that we all take very seriously, some less so than others, some more so. It is a Masonic recommendation left behind by our
ancestors, and it is up to us individually to accept and apply it to our own lives, or not. It says:
"As a [Mason], I would first recommend to your most serious contemplation the [Volume of the Sacred Law, i.e., whatever sacred book you believe in],
charging you to consider it the unerring standard of truth and justice, and to regulate your actions by the divine precepts which it contains. Therein
you will be taught the important duty you owe to God, to your neighbour, and to yourself."
It then expands on how to fulfill that duty; and, in my own experience, the attempt to put this recommendation into practice tends towards making good
men better men.
Are there bad men (leaders or otherwise) in my organization? It's possible but I, personally, have never met one. Even so, if that were the case,
Freemasonry is not about following leaders (good or otherwise); it's about making the sincere attempt to put into practice its moral recommendations
which in my estimation are indisputably valuable as well as compatible with the highest of moral systems - if not itself the highest system of all.
If you have the basic understanding, the red pill so to speak, to know what's going on in this world, then PLEASE gather your brothers and start
fighting against this giant oligarchy of evil.
We're not averse to "fighting" but, if we do fight, we fight fairly and within the laws of the lands we live in. We are charged also with the
"As a citizen of the world, I am next to enjoin you to be exemplary in the discharging of your civil duties by never proposing or at all countenancing
any act that may have a tendency to subvert the peace and good order of society; by paying due obedience to the laws of the country which may for a
time become the place of your residence or afford you its protection, ever remembering that as a [Mason] you are expected to live and act in such a
manner as to fulfill the duties of a good citizen and thereby set an example for others to emulate."
No Mason anywhere is above the law of his country - no matter where he finds himself in this, as you call it, "giant oligarchy of evil".
might have to turn against those at the highest
Possibly, if it turned out that way. If those at the highest levels, as you put it, were exposed as "evil", they would quickly (if Masons) find
themselves expelled from the Fraternity. Futhermore, if such "evil" corrupt individuals were discovered to exist and found to operate the levers of
power; then, as good citizens, some of us Masons - maybe most of us; but, certainly I would "fight" them - at the polls and within the lawful
political processes of our respective countries - certainly within the law of our respective lands, and most certainly through the democratic process
here in my part of the world.