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Originally posted by JoshNorton
What do we stand for? Truth, justice, and the American way! Oh, wait. No. That's Superman, not Masons. (Faster than a speeding octogenarian; more powerful than a AA battery; able to leap small pebbles in a single bound. It's a reptilian, it's the NWO, No! It's a "High Level" Mason!)
Originally posted by Haydn_17
I want some advice from freemason members here on ATS as to why they became a mason, what do you stand for?
You get out of it what you put into it. If you want camaraderie, a bunch of new friends with some common interests and some life experiences different than your own, they're there. If you want security that your wife and children will be cared for after you're dead, that's there. If you want to dive into a bottomless well of knowledge, philosophy, allegory and symbolism, there aren't many better places to look. If you're into practicing something until you have it perfect (whether as a personal challenge to yourself, or just because you're an OCD type), there's something for you. If you like helping charities and doing the right thing, not because of praise or recognition, but simply because it is the right thing to do, then Masonry is for you.
Are there benefits to masonry?
I joined as more or less a self-help program. I wanted to be a better father, a better husband, a better friend, a better member of my community. Masonry has shown me some tools that can help me achieve those goals and given me an environment that fosters such growth, as well as a support system to tap me on the shoulder and whisper gentle guidance in my ear should I slide or lose sight of the big picture. Is that what it is for everyone? Certainly not. But that's what I sought, so that's what I found. Your milage may vary.
[edit on 9/11/2009 by JoshNorton]
Originally posted by Saurus
I, personally, learned theology from the Roman Catholic Church. I learned philosophy from my mother, a Buddhist. I learned morals from my father. I learned love from my wife. I learned esoteric knowledge through books. I learned science and grammar from school and university. I learned how they all fit together through Freemasonry.
Originally posted by woodwardjnr
I only found out recently my Grand father was a Worshipful Master in the masons in Manchester England, Not really sure what a worshipfull master does, but sounds quite cool. He's dead now so I know very little about masons.
Originally posted by fianna
reply to post by Tzsephanyahu
it took me 4 years. but im probably not in the same form of freemasonry as everyone else here. and i care not to share which rite.
no, no you wouldnt. i read a lot, a loooot. everything that has letters on it that passes in front of my eyes i read, even if its not english i still try and decipher it. freemasonry is one of the most convoluted topics i've ever come across besides religion, christianity specifically. everything i read about freemasonry contradicts everything else, and freemasons dont help when they choose to make everything a secret, even such a simple question as "what is freemasonry"? so no if you took the time to read you most certainly would not realize why mystery schools exist because everything about them is a mystery especially what they are and do. i thought freemasons were an ancient school of builders who taught geometric and mathematical principals, that was what drew my original interest. i love math and formulas and all that but i suck at math, i thought maybe they could teach me some method of learning math that would help me understand it and remember better. the more i got into it i learned its not about cutting stones and building structures at all, that its prolly really:
Originally posted by tonypazzo
i began my initiation into hermetics because i wanted to transmute the crap that my soul was into glistening gold. seriously, if you people took the time to actually read, you would realize that these occult mystery schools exist to HELP you evolve spiritually.
Originally posted by abcddcba
1. alien reptiles from atlantis
2. secret egyptian magic
3. devil worship
4. the illuminati
5. the new world order
6. a group of fun loving guys sitting around drinking beer and planning barbeques
7. people who like having logos on their cars
8. people with secret handshakes that are controlling the world
9. or possibly a religious group.
what the truth is im still no closer to knowing.