Originally posted by NewWorldOver
To the anti-"anti-masons" ;
Being a mason yourself doesn't actually give you the authority to say there is nothing going on behind closed doors.
Neither does it allow others to post unsubstantiated allegations regarding the Institution.
Lower level masons are not a part of anything but the lower circle and are exposed to the formal , ritual and social aspects - people who
subscribe to the mason theory believe that there are higher levels involving more influential people and 'different' rituals which I won't
Have you ever noticed that all conspiracy theorists refer to supposed 'higher level rituals' but never report any
details when queeried? Ever
consider why this occurs?
Of course - this is all conjecture or hearsay from supposed 'leads' by someone who knew a Mason. There has been no substantiation.
That is because it is very difficult to prove the existence of something non-existent.
In either case, a lower level Mason , even at the supposed 3rd level or 'top' tier,
There is nothing supposed. We are all 3rd degree Master Masons, there is nothing higher regardless of what you may believe.
will claim there are no higher levels, no secrets unknown to them etc. despite the fact that the mechanics of a secret society already negates
I supposed if I was actuall in a secret society this might apply, but we are not so it does not.
Being a secret society within a fraternity is not some far out, grand conspiracy, and it is not at all difficult for the 'anti-masons' to
imagine that the lower level or 'public' arm of masonry is not the real source of masonic influence.
And many of these people also believe in holographic planes, reptilians and a fake moon landing as well.
A lower level masons word is just as trustworthy as a person off the street when it comes to a legitimate secret society.
Really? I think the word of a Mason in regards Masonry is much more easily digestable then a non-Mason. Whether you choose to accept it is the crucial
issue. Any disbeliever is able to join and assertain if what we are reporting is true or not. It is far easier for some to make outlandish accusations
then to join our Fraternity and perhaps endeavor to help others in the community with ones acts of charity and kindness.
Need-to-know-basis is a cornerstone of the occult and is also used by the military to keep out lower levels and even higher ranking members.
God knows the secrets we hear about from whistle-blowers are beyond sensitive.
Run across any legitimate Masonic 'whistleblowers' lately? It is difficult to blow the whistle on nothing.
it's not that we don't believe you. But the theory of masonry itself is that lower levels are not going to disclose or even be aware of the
manipulations of higher levels.
The opperative word in that sentence being 'theory'.
That is the nature of secret society hierarchies. It is irresponsible to say that because you are a member of the lower level or 'public
relations' of a fraternal club, that you are at all privelege to inner-workings of higher rankings, which would be totally unknown to you.
This is a generalization fallacy that you choose to apply to the situation. Not all heirarchies have conditions similar to the ones you attribute to
them. The 'inner-workings' of every Grand Lodge is highly transparent. Our dues can be easily traced to their final disbursement and the direction
of our Grand Lodge is determined by an open reckoning at our Grand Lodge annual meeting were we
as indivdual Masons vote on the direction we
desire our Lodge to undertake. Very little policy is determined behind closed doors and as of yet I have not disagreed with the course pro-offered by
past Grand Masters and their staff.
So, despite what other masons say, we believe there are secrets that do not involve the public arm of masonry.
What are they? Please tell me where I can learn more about them.
And while masons may fight the good fight for the reputation of their organization, they will never 'win' the battle of conspiratorial
True, because there will always be some paranoid indivdual who can not cope with the fact that they can not know everything about everyone.
In the paradigm of secret societies and conspiracies, a lower level has very little influence over the grand scheme of things, and we know
The caveat being that if the group in question is actually not secret and transparent. Masonry, contrarily, is both.
We don't claim 'everything' to be a conspiracy, but I understand how easy it is for Masons to throw their arms up and say they are being
prosecuted by conspiracy nuts etc. Regardless, they don't have the authority to change our minds.
We are not here to change anyones mind, we are here to defend ourselves against wild accusations and to correct the errors of those less informed.
Whether they choose to accept our presentations and assertions and change their own mind
is truly up to them.