Watch out now, take care,
Beware of greedy leaders
They'll take you where you should not go,
While Weeping Atlas Cedars
They just want to grow, grow and grow
Beware of darkness
There is an Atlas Cedar planted on the south lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C.
The Atlas Cedar is very closely related to the Cedar of Lebanon. The Cedars of Lebanon are an icon associated with Freemasonry Societies.
Phage, since you use a quote from Mark Twain in your signature, you may find this story of Mark Twain and the Cedars of Lebanon of interest.
Mark Twain at one time joined a masonic society. Soon afterward, he stopped attending. One can only speculate whether he discovered something that
compromised his integrity.
What he may not have realized is that once you join you cannot just "quit". There must be some sort of aggitating enforcement of the rules that does
not allow a person to just 'quit'.
In May of 1861, Mark Twain joined the Freemasons and within two months was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. Soon, thereafter, he stopped
Master Mason Clemens, after having stopped paying dues was "suspended" but not legally released from the obligations of the organization.
The Constitutional Provisions state that "any member of a Lodge who has no charges preferred against him has a clear Masonic right to withdraw from
membership by dimit upon payment of all dues against him."
You have to be "in good standing" to be released from further obligation. You must also go before a review before you are allowed to disassociate
because this release is an 'entitlement' that must be granted.
Shortly after his reinstatement in 1867, Samuel Clemens took a trip to Palestine. In Innocents Abroad
he describes the experience as dismal,
barren, sorrowful, despondent, hopeless, dreary, and heart broken.
Hauntingly, he asks, "And why should it be otherwise? Can the curse of the Deity beautify the land?"
(His writing at this time seems to be a soulful pondering of entanglements rather than just a description of landscape.)
During his trip to Palestine, he sent his Lodge a gavel with a note that read: "This mallet is a cedar, cut in the forest of Lebanon, whence Solomon
obtained the timbers for the Temple."
The note itself, strikes me as being perfunctory and curt.
Clemens cut the handle himself from a cedar just outside the walls of Jerusalem. He had the mallet made by a special woodcarver of reputation in
Since Clemmens went to such lengths to obtain this mallet, why did he send it to the Lodge rather than to personally present it himself? Was this
another initiation or requirement to obtain his release? Was this a plea bargain to keep himself from harm and retribution?
The mallet was sent to the Lodge in April of 1868; six months later (October) Clemens was given his release by dimit. He never again affiliated with a
Certainly, some organizations have gotton a lot of mileage using names of famous people. Most people do not stop to check the histories of what really
happened and just take it as face value because the association of famous names "sounds reputable".
I cannot help but wonder how much this experience may have influenced Twain's writing. It brings to mind the story of Tom Sawyer conning Huckleberry
Finn into white washing the fence. There seems to be a message of how one may end up in slavery through trickery.
Is this what Clemens found in his blind oath to a secret society?
And what did George Harrison know of these secret societies?