posted on Jul, 12 2008 @ 12:11 PM
I doubt any hardliners here will believe me, but I'll toss this in anyways.
First of all, one must consider the age of a Freemason in 2008 is generally around 50 - often times older (not to say there are no younger ones, mind
you; just not nearly as many.) The Freemasons do not actively recruit, instead there's the creed, 'To be one, ask one'. So what you see here is a
sort of social atmosphere ... you either have an older relative who is a Mason or you work with one and eventually ask about it out of curiosity.
Any Mason will tell you what the purpose of modern Freemasonry is right off; to make good men better, by reinforcing morality, ethics and social
goodwill. There's no illuminati, no conspiracies.
It really is that simple.
It is done with respect, dignity, and reverence to religion, community, patriotism. It's really a no brainer as to why so many of the mature
population are sympathetic to such ideals, as it hearkens back to an era before the deconstruction of America and Americans was in vogue.
The Shriners are an extension of the Lodge, sort of a playground for Masons wealthy enough to afford it's benefits ... but they simply play as hard
as they work ... go to any Shriner's Hospital to see that.
Now, this is not to say there aren't fringe benefits to being a Mason ... but to think that just because someone is a lodge brother or has been one,
that suddenly the world is your oyster and all your wishes come true through such a connection - it's just not so. Masons are just regular folks,
like any other social club member ... doctors, lawyers, indian chiefs ... The Elks or the Moose or even the VFW, sans the alcohol and a bit more
Have there been Presidents that have been Masons; of course. Really that's a bit like saying Lawyers and Generals have been Presidents too; the
difference only being those professions hold allot more sway in reality than simply being a Master Mason does.
While each Lodge is under a Grand Lodge ... this hardly indicates any sort of real unity. In fact, unless one frequents other lodges regularly, one
has no idea what they are doing. It's hardly a tight organization in any sense.
Honestly, Masons are far too busy voting on what flavors of ice cream to serve at their next Ice Cream Social rather than being any threat to your
personal freedoms, i.e. Illuminati, Skull and Bones, et al.
Even then, it might take a few weeks to hammer out such details ... lol.
But why all the secrecy? Aside from proving the integrity of the individual, it's a PR thing and always has been. There are no real secrets in
Freemasonry anymore, what with the internet being what it is. The 'secret' is what binds these men in brotherhood and gives them a sense of
belonging. It also creates interest in the group, to non members ... for instance ... 'What's this all about anyways? ..."
Really folks, there's nothing to it, despite what David Icke or any other 'conspiracy master' tells you.