posted on Feb, 7 2009 @ 07:38 PM
Many Masonic organizations now refuse to describe themselves as secret societies, pointing out that they are listed in the telephone directory and
that their buildings are easy to find in communities across the country. The argument, then, goes that the Masons have a few secrets (most of which
will take you less than an hour to discover on the internet), but are not a secret society. However, if you don't agree then I would argue that the
Freemasons, with the goal of improving good men, seek to improve society. And, certainly, back in the day, when the Freemasons were serving as the
shock-troops of the Enlightenment, they were doing good work in promoting the values that form the basis of modern Western civilization at its
As for the point about secrecy always being negative...
Most spiritual traditions recognize the power and importance of secrecy. For example, in Matthew6:5, Jesus instructs us to pray in secret and assures
us that our Father, who is in secret, will hear our prayers. Secrecy, here, has the power of ensuring the right approach towards God -- a humble and
sincere approach rather than the bluster and show of a public display.
Secrecy has its place. Like all soil, it can grow both nourishment or poison depending on what is planted there.