Originally posted by japike
...why hasn't anyone turned their back on them that have joined? Either its a waste to fight something you can't win or just more benefit to run
with it. ..."
Because the nonsense is, well, nonsense
...Just because you may be able to find some unethical business relations among freemasons doesn't mean all are involved in such and you will
find the same in your place of work...
Further, I've witnessed much more among non-mason professed Christians
than among Masons.
Any business out there someone gives a lil more to someone they like and so on.
This touches on something I've not seen well explained here, so please allow me to explain.
I will always try to give my business to another Mason where possible. There are good reasons for this, in fact if these reasons were understood
non-Masons would likely do so as well. As a Mason, I know that another Mason will do good work at a fair price -- not just for other Masons, but for
everyone. If it can be proven that a Brother has been unethical in his business dealings -- again whether his victim was a Mason or not -- he'll be
suspended or expelled from the fraternity. We simply won't tolerate a scumbag making the rest of us look bad.
If further explanation is needed, there's another reason I prefer to do business with my Brethren, and this one is often misconstrued. I want to
help him prosper. This is simple human nature -- all other things being equal, all humans prefer to help their friends and family. Who among us has
not done business with friends and family, fellow church members, neighbors, etc?
The real question is this: Why, when Masons do what everyone else does,
is it seen as evidence of some nefarious "masonic conspiracy"?
As far as elite knowing better well they obviously have something on common people as they lack caring or action. Numbers wise there are more
common ppl so they could do anything they want if they unite but they do not...why???
Good question! Because most humans can't stop
bickering long enough to get anything done. Masons are only a bit better than others at this -- as the old saw goes "Masons will take over the world
-- as soon as we decide whether to use flourescent or tungsten lights in the dining hall." This is why we prohibit discussion of politics and
religion -- in the time we save arguing about those things we may get something constructive done!!
so many people are killed in local cities everyday yet I dont see anyone caring including you or freemasons.
Then you're not paying attention -- Masons try. In addition to "Friendship, Morality and Brotherly Love" -- all deterrents to violence -- we
stress the importance of "education and philanthropy".
When all other factors are equal, poverty is the best staistical indicator of violence. Ignorance -- defined as "lack of education" -- is the
biggest cause of poverty, and thus, by extension, of violence. Education drives out poverty, and thus reduces violence.
Other than one alleged case in the 1840s ("The infamous Morgan Affair") and a recent sophomoric accident in NY (which for the record was punished by
closing the Lodge and expelling everyone involved), when have you heard of Masons killing anyone?
[edited to correct quote code -nygdan]
[edit on 23-11-2005 by Nygdan]