posted on Aug, 6 2003 @ 02:15 AM
I think secrecy is a very valuable thing.
See...one lesson of Masonry is that while empires and nations will rise and fall, Masonry has outlived many and will out live more!
Reason being, unlike Religions, which are not a process of learning, but a doctrine, that eventually schisms and destroys itself.
Unlike nations, which again, is not a learning process, but a birth right...eventually they war and destroys themselves.
Secrecy, is the best school.
To learn something that is not taught publically, is to not only respect it, but to attempt to understand it.
This doesn't mean the public doesn't have access to the information, it's just no one is paying attention.
Masonry helps a man to pay attention.
Just as a religion would.
In fact, Buddhism is a good comparison for the following reason.
Buddhsim has schismed very little, and only in method, not in doctrine (though local gods are usually believed in).
Reason is because Buddhism is also a learning process, while Christianity and Islam are not, hence why they will probably blow themselves to peices
Judaism is also a learning process, and the less "scholastic" sects of Judaism, have always been the most short lived.
Freemasonry teaches something probably pretty obvious, through history that is obscure, and allegory that no one else has every heard of.
Through this, the recipients not only preserve the information, but attempt to learn of it, and therefore Masonry has survived what is comparably
unchanged, for 300 years.
But also, secrecy means that when ignorance prevails such as in a nation like Nazi Germany...knoweldge and truth will survive until such a nation is
This is the number one reason Jews didn't fight back.
Fighting would mean they'd be destroyed regardless, the most important thing for upper-class jews, was simply preserving their beliefs and
traditions, through such dark times.
Sometimes secrecy is more powerful than strength and the sword.
Time is on the side of those not hunted.