posted on May, 25 2005 @ 11:47 PM
Originally posted by twitchy
If there is no hierarchy in freemasonry, then why do you have to apply to a grand lodge to establish a lodge in your local community? I mean come on.
Grand Inspectors General? 23 Supreme Councils? How the hell do you figure that isn't a hierarchy?
The only thing I have been trying to tell you is that there is no hirearchy among degrees! Degrees do not establish ANY KIND of authority, rank or
position within the fraternity!
Just like I have told you MANY times, there is no hirearchy between degrees! The only hirearchy exists among the lodge's officers, and among local
and Grand lodges! Each of those lodges has officers, among which there is a hirearchy. Lodge officers are the only ones with any kind of authority! A
3rd degree master of a lodge has absolutel authority over a 33rd degree mason in his lodge!
Degrees don't establish ANY kind of rank whatsoever! Only elected officer positions do, and you must be a 3rd degree mason to be an officer! If
you are not an officer, you are just a regular member, regardless of degree.
You think taking your third degree is some all defining moment where everything is revealed to you about the organization?
About CRAFT MASONRY, yes! You fail to understand that the advanced degrees are APPENDANT BODIES. They are additional and optional. EVERYONE must join
a Blue Lodge. Nobody has to join an appendant organization.
The only place where appendant degrees matter are in those bodies! A 32nd degree means NOTHING within a Blue Lodge. But Blue Lodge degrees are
important in ALL BODIES.
You still Blue Lodge?
I am a 3rd degree Master Mason. I am receiving all 32 APPENDANT degrees of the Scottish Rite on June 11th. And I will have no more authority or
position than I do now.
Also, I am receiving the York Rite degrees, ANOTHER APPENDANT BODY, sometime in June as well. But I will still have the same position, authority and
influence as I do now.
[edit on 25-5-2005 by sebatwerk]