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Originally posted by optimus fett
I had the privallage to spend some time last night talking to two friends who i didnt realise were masons in portugal,one of which holds an exceptionally high rank in the society.....not a secret society,a society with secrets.
I was completley ignorant of what the masonic lodges actually did and was highly impressed with the charitable work done by both my friends through their society.
they explained to me their beliefs and reasons upon which they act within the masons,i felt stupidly ignorant for believing previously much of the drivel i have read here on ATS posted by non masons.
They were exceptionally open about their meetings and ceremonys and i have to say i was hummbled by the amount of time they actually spent doing good deeds for others.
Many of the requirements of the masonic lodges; i thought,if adopted by others in normal societys would be a good benchmark for creating a rather better balance at basic social levels of interaction.
Im not saying that there isnt some dark issues and secrets at higher levels of this society but why would that be any different than groups such as NASA,Goverments the world over?.....im just offering an apology and a 'nod' of respect to people that do an awful lot of good at expense to themselves.